PMRA Notice of Intent to Allow Labeling of Human Pathogens
By: Joe McCarthy, Lab Service Manager/Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, email
On August 13th the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) issued a proposal to permit labeling of human pathogens, by their scientific name, on pest control product labels, if there is sufficient scientific evidence demonstrating the efficacy of the product against these microorganisms.
This proposal is a significant change to the PMRA’s longstanding interpretation and application of the Pest Control Products Regulations Section 24(1) that states:
“A label must not represent a pest control product as a treatment, preventive or cure for any disease, disorder or abnormal physical state listed in Schedule A.1 to the Food and Drugs Act.”
The intent of the policy change is to align with;
- the recent Interim Order to Regulate Certain Ultraviolet and Ozone Disinfecting & Sanitizing Devices.
- current labeling practices for certain products such as hard surface disinfectants.
This change in policy could allow for labeling and claims against specific organisms on products such as;
- Hard and soft surface sanitizers.
- Slimicides for cooling towers.
- Treated Articles/Antimicrobial surfaces.
The PMRA is accepting written comments on this Notice until September 15, 2021.
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