Canada cancels difenoconazole review
The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that it is unnecessary to conduct a special review of the fungicide, difenoconazole, as the triggering criteria have not been met. The PMRA initiated the review along with 22 others early last year based on regulatory action in OECD countries. The difenoconazole review was based on all uses of the fungicide being prohibited in Norway in 1998 due to environmental concerns. However, the Agency has verified that seed treated with difenoconazole was authorised for import and planting in 2013. No special review is therefore required. The PMRA began conducting the 23 special reviews following legal action by environmentalist groups in 2013 over its refusal to conduct special reviews of pesticides banned in OECD countries or unduly delaying its responses to requests to conduct such reviews.