Registering conventionals in Canada looks different than in the US

March 22, 2022

Understand the difference between Canadian and US registration before you begin on the regulatory path.

One may already expect it, but the process for registering conventional pesticides in Canada looks different than it does in the US. Although requirements are similar across both countries, Canada is unique in that it requires the company seeking registration to have a Regulatory contact physically located in Canada. This could mean a portion of the business is based out of Canada, but more often than not, it means a company must find a Canadian agent to act on their behalf. It can be tricky to know whether you’re putting money behind trusted hands.

In many cases, registering a product in Canada can be more expensive and more time-consuming than in the US, making it even more important to ensure each step of the registration process is done right the first time. In Canada, registrants can’t utilize a cite-all method for data submission, and every registered product must use a Technical Active Ingredient source registered in Canada, complicating the process even further. On top of this, Health Canada’s approval process typically takes longer. Since time isn’t on the registrant’s side, an error-free submission package is critical. Any delays could throw a wrench in the timeline and possibly lead to rejection.

Looking for more information on Canada’s registration requirements? TSG’s Canadian practice, led by Joe McCarthy, specializes in Pesticide Registrations regulated by the PMRA, Fertilizers regulated by CFIA as well as chemical substances governed under CEPA and can assist you with all of your regulatory needs.

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