Amendments to Reg. 347 under the EPA relating to waste from COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Point-of-Care Testing
O. Reg. 339/21
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.19
Summary of Decision:
Ontario Regulation 339/21 amends Regulation 347 to provide exemptions for generators and carriers of waste generated by COVID-19 antigen point-of-care testing from certain administrative requirements, including registering the waste, and completing manifests in respect of the waste. These amendments are essential to support the enhanced use of COVID-19 antigen point-of-care testing at essential workplaces and other locations in Ontario, without compromising human health or the environment.
The change in the regulation does not remove other provisions associated with the safe handling and management of this hazardous waste. This waste must be transported by a carrier approved to transport this type of waste and sent to a facility approved to accept these types of waste.
On May 26, 2021 the ministry further amended Regulation 347 by revoking the above changes and replacing them with an expanded set of exemptions to support the on-going implementation and demand related to enhanced COVID-19 antigen point-of-care testing at essential workplaces and other locations. Please see the Regulatory Registry posting titled "Amendments to Reg. 347 under the EPA relating to generation, collection, transportation and storage of waste from COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Point-of-Care Testing" and O. Reg. 384/21 for more information.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
This proposal is exempt from completing a Regulatory Impact Analysis due to it being made as a response to an emergency.
Summary of Proposal:
Foster Bldg 8th Flr,
40 St Clair Ave W,
May 12, 2021