The Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency's own use import taskforce has essentially completed its work.
Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, was a member of the taskforce which has settled on 4 key recommendations. Bacon says the taskforce feels the own use import program should be temporarily shelved, and replaced on a trial basis with an initiative called the Grow program. Bacon says the pilot would allow product to freely cross the border if it's registered in the U.S. and Canada, and equivalency is established by the people who registered it and the appropriate regulatory agencies. The taskforce also wants to see a push towards NAFTA labelling and registration which would eliminate the need for a company to apply to each country in order to have its product registered. If the recommendations are accepted PMRA can make the necessary changes on its own without federal legislation.