Health Canada Launches New Inspections Database for Pesticide Companies
To help Canadians make informed decisions about the pest control products they buy and use, Health Canada has announced that information on inspections of companies that manufacture pest control products will now be available to the public in an online database. Canadians can search the Pest Control Registrant Inspections Database for specific inspection findings, as well as summary report cards from inspections and information about companies' history of compliance with the Pest Control Products Act and its Regulations.
The launch of the Pest Control Products Registrant Inspections Database is a milestone under Health Canada's Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework and Action Plan 2015-2018. The Plan has made specific commitments to provide Canadians with more information about Health Canada's health and safety decision-making, including inspection outcomes and inspection ratings. Previously, Health Canada also launched the Drug and Health Product Inspections Database in April 2015.
- When conducting inspections of pest control product manufacturers, inspectors check facilities, take samples for testing, and examine documents, such as sales and incident reports.
- If a risk to health or the environment is identified during an inspection, companies are required to take corrective actions.
- The Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework and Action Plan for 2015-18 outlines concrete steps Health Canada is taking to continually improve public access to timely, useful and relevant health and safety information, while still respecting privacy, confidentiality and security considerations.
"Our government is committed to helping Canadians make informed decisions about the products they buy and use, including pesticides. By providing information from pesticide manufacturers in a publicly searchable way, the Pest Control Registrant Inspections Database can also help Canadians gain a better understanding of how Health Canada conducts inspections and what actions the Department takes if requirements are not being met."
The Honourable Jane Philpott