Safety Data Sheets for Pest Control Products

 In Product Safety, SDS: Safety Data Sheets

By: Kirsten Alcock, Manager of Product Safety, email

Did you know that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) published a document regarding Pest Control Products (PCP’s) and Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s)?


The document was published in English and French by the Health Canada PMRA back in January of 2018.  It is a very extensive document that includes information on the background of PCP’s, SDS guidance to registrants, and appendices containing information for each and every section of a SDS.

PCP’s in Canada do not require SDS’s.  They are not subject to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) Part II (Hazardous Products) as per paragraph 12(j); Schedule 1 (Non-Application of Part II).

This restriction states that Part II does not apply in respect of the sale or importation of anything listed in Schedule 1. This includes any PCP as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Pest Control Products Act, any explosive as defined in section 2 of the Explosives Act, any cosmetic, device, drug or food, as defined in section 2 of the Food and Drugs Act, any consumer product as defined in section 2 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, and any wood or product made of wood.

As such, one is not required by law to provide a SDS for a pesticide here in Canada. If however, you choose to provide one to your client, the PMRA has provided this very extensive guidance on what they expect to see and in what section. They consider this guideline to be a voluntary adoption and for use by all registrants of PCP products in Canada.  The focus of an SDS is primarily for the workers and although an SDS is not required, it is indeed helpful for the workers and emergency responders.

As SDS’s are not a part of the PCP requirements, they are not subject to pre-market approval. The guidance document advises that there must be a reference to the PCP label as the main label to follow for safety, use, and handling. Although not required, the PMRA is encouraging companies to adopt and follow the guidance document should they create SDSs.

Should you wish to obtain a copy of the document, Health Canada advises that one must complete a form on their website to acquire a Portable Document Format (PDF) copy of the “PMRA Guidance for Preparing Safety Data Sheets According to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals for Pest Control Products in Canada” publication.

How can Dell Tech help?

If you would like more information about your SDS requirements in Canada, please contact Dell Tech Laboratories for further details. Not only can we help register your PCP, but we can also provide a SDS in accordance with the guidance document prepared by the PMRA.

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