2 September 2010
HC Pub: 100438
ISBN: 978-1-100-16712-1 (print version)
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Catalogue number: H113-3/2010-3E (print version)
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Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has conducted a reassessment of its Note to Canadian Association of Pest Control Officials (CAPCO) C94-05: Proposed Scheduling of 65 Percent Formic Acid for the Detection and Control of Honey Bee Mites.
Formic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in animals (for example, venom of ants and bees), and in plants (for example, stinging nettles). Synthetic formic acid is used world-wide for a variety of commercial uses, such as a preservative and antibacterial agent in livestock feed, a chemical intermediate in the production of various pharmaceuticals, in the tanning process for leather, and as an ingredient in commercial cleaning products.
Note to CAPCO C94-05 was published on March 30, 1994. Since the publication of Note to CAPCO C94-05, a new Pest Control Products Act and Regulations have been brought into force and the previously proposed scheduling of formic acid is no longer consistent with current regulatory standards, processes, and practices.
On June 4, 2009, the PMRA published Regulatory Proposal PRO2009-01, Reassessment of Note to the Canadian Association of Pest Control Officials C94-05: Proposed Scheduling of 65 Percent Formic Acid for the Detection and Control of Honey Bee Mites. The PMRA received 123 written responses from stakeholders, including commercial and hobby beekeepers, industry, provincial and national beekeeping organisations, scientists, and provincial government apiculturists. Many commented that liquid formic acid is essential to integrated pest management of varroa mites in Canada, and that some beekeepers rely solely on formic acid for mite control. It was also clear that users want to maintain flexibility in methods by which formic acid can be applied. In consideration of these comments, the PMRA has made the following regulatory decision regarding Note to CAPCO C94-05.
Note to CAPCO C94-05 will be revoked on March 2, 2011.
It is recommended that applicants request a presubmission consultation with the PMRA prior to submitting an application for registration in order to clarify the information and data required to support registration. Data requirements will be minimal, and will include a product label, a statement of product specification form, a use site description, and value information.