SASKATOON, SK, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - A group of generic crop protection
companies are very concerned about the lack of progress in improving
the process to register generic pesticides. It's been a full three
years since company representatives met with the PMRA to identify the
issues, point out inconsistencies, and submit proposals for a solution.
However, none of the issues, even though acknowledged by the PMRA, have
been dealt with.
The generic companies are frustrated with the progress to date. Some
have pulled applications out of the process. The lack of progress deny
Canadian farmers' access to an array of generic crop protection
products similar to what we find in the US market. Consequently it has
become a competitiveness issue for Canadian farmers in US and
international markets. We know that the government implemented the Red
Tape initiative so that regulatory complications will not inhibit
competitiveness. The Federal Government further engaged in the
Regulatory Cooperation Council with the US to harmonize policies and
regulation for our integrated industries. This is a classic example of
where those two initiatives could make a huge difference. In the US the
process to register generic pesticide products is much faster and less
onerous. There isn't an industry more integrated than the US-Canada
grains and oilseed sectors.
Right now Canada ranks as one of the most difficult places in the world
to register a generic pesticide. Generic companies simply want the PMRA
to do what they state as one of their policy objectives, to create "...favourable conditions for generic pesticide producers to enter the
pesticide market and to increase the selection of products available to
Generic companies are not asking to eliminate fair compensation for
relevant data that is to be relied upon for a registration. Nor do they
want to undermine the ten year exclusive period. The PMRA should remove
the barriers to entry and ensure that the process facilitates easy
access into the market for generic products.
We urge Health Minister Rona Ambrose to advise the PMRA to make the
changes necessary to create "favourable conditions for generic
pesticide producers to enter the pesticide market and to increase the
selection of products available to the user".
Source: Mana, NewAgCo, Cheminova, UPI, Albaugh. Together, they represent a group of companies that register generic crop
protection products used by farmers in Canada.
SOURCE: Mana, NewAgco, Cheminova, UPI, Albaugh
For further information:
Barbara Yates, MANA Canada