PMRA Notice of Intent to Issue Interim Order to Regulate Certain Ultraviolet and Ozone Disinfecting/Sanitizing Devices
By: Joe McCarthy, Lab Service Manager/Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, email
On April 30th, 2021 in response to the significant increase in the sale and use of UV and ozone-generating devices intended to control or kill bacteria and viruses (including SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19), the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) issued a Notice of Intent to publish an interim order (IO) that would bring certain UV and ozone-generating devices under the Pest Control Products Act.
Health Canada has not yet received sufficient evidence to demonstrate that UV and ozone-generating devices are safe, nor as effective as claimed.
Under the IO;
- Some devices, such as UV hand-held wands, would remain subject to a pre-market assessment and must be registered prior to entering the Canadian market.
- Some UV devices would be exempt from registration if they meet certain conditions.
The IO is expected to be published in Spring 2021.
Amendments to the regulations are expected to be published in 2022.
Do you know if your device is a Medical Device or a Pest Control Product?
Do you know what the effectiveness and safety requirements are for your device?
Do you know how and where to apply for registration?
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