PMRA Publishes Proposed Amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations

On December 10, 2016, a set of proposed amendments to the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCPRs) was published in the Canada Gazette by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).  Among these is a revision to the data protection (arbitrator liability) provisions of Subsection 17.91(4) of the PCPR that would allow the arbitrator to extend the 120-day time period during which an arbitral award must be made upon notifying the parties to an arbitration.  PMRA states that this proposed amendment is similar to the ability of the parties to agree to an extension as already provided for under existing regulations.  The proposed amendment addresses concerns that an arbitrator/arbitral tribunal may not be able to comply with the mandatory 120-day timeline for issuing an arbitral award in a situation where, for example, one or both parties in the arbitration “fail to cooperate sufficiently so that a decision can be made within the required time period.”  A copy of the proposal as it appears in the Canada Gazette may be accessed by clicking here.

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