Act

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.

Regulation Number(s):
O. Regulation 384/21
Instrument Type:
Act
Bill or Act:
Environmental Prottection Act
Summary of Decision:
We have amended Regulation 347 to remove requirements for the collection, storage and transportation of hazardous waste generated by COVID-19 antigen testing. The waste is still required to be disposed of at approved biomedical waste disposal site.

Given the high number of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks occurring across the province, there is urgency to reducing transmission of COVID-19, especially in high-risk and critical sectors. The regulation is essential to support the on-going implementation and demand related to enhanced COVID-19 antigen point-of-care testing at essential workplaces and other locations.

Proactive screening of asymptomatic individuals in these locations will help to identify potential COVID-19 infections that may otherwise not be caught through other testing mechanisms. This will help to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in places where closure or reduced capacity is not a realistic option.

Any delay in implementing the proposed amendments could deter businesses from participating in the program which would result in persons potentially being unnecessarily exposed to COVID-19.
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.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MECP020
Posting Date:
Summary of Proposal:
We have amended Regulation 347 to remove requirements for the collection, storage and transportation of hazardous waste generated by COVID-19 antigen testing. The waste is still required to be disposed of at approved biomedical waste disposal site.

Given the high number of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks occurring across the province, there is urgency to reducing transmission of COVID-19, especially in high-risk and critical sectors. The regulation is essential to support the on-going implementat
Contact Address:
Resource Recovery Policy Branch Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
40 St. Clair Avenue West, 8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 1M2
Effective Date:
May 26, 2021
Decision:
Approved