Updated Work Plan for United States – Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council

For Release:  July 20, 2016

The updated Work Plan for the US – Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) is now available online. Established in 2011, the RCC is a regulatory partnership between the US and Canadian governments that is focused in 4 key sectors: agriculture & food, health & consumer products, transport, and the environment.

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) coordinate pesticide activities on the RCC Work Plan to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination. The release of the annual work plans is an important step in our regulatory cooperation and outlines how activities will be managed between the two agencies.

As reflected in the Pesticides Work Plan, OPP and PMRA will continue to work on a variety of projects including joint pesticide reviews, work sharing and development of information technology (IT) solutions for pesticide registration applicants.  The IT projects will facilitate work flow and the processing of pest control product applications submitted to both countries.

New RCC projects include:
  • development of best practices for pesticide re-evaluation;
  • development of new approaches to toxicity testing and assessment; and
  • alignment of pesticide residue field trial requirements. 

Read the RCC Pesticides Work Plan.

More information about the US-Canada RCC.