Voluntary public engagement initiative

Public engagement on the risk assessment of higher organisms under the New Substances program

Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada are working together to promote more public engagement in the risk assessment of higher organisms (e.g., genetically modified plants and animals) under the New Substances program.

The New Substances program will publish summaries of higher organism notifications and invite stakeholders to share scientific information and test data related to potential risks to the environment or human health from the new living organisms. This information could help inform the risk assessment process, such as:

  • environmental fate information
  • ecological effects information
  • human health effects information or
  • exposure information (sources, routes of exposure, etc.)

Please provide information in English or French. Your information may be summarized and published in part or in full, along with your name and affiliation. Please be sure to identify any confidential business information so that it may be protected.

Include your name, affiliation, telephone number, e-mail and mailing address and use the following format in the title of your submission: Public Participation: [add NSN] – [add Substance Designation].

Active engagement initiative

Title: Notification for an ornamental aquarium fish that fluoresces

Notifier: GloFish LLC

NSN number: 19923

Substance designation: GloFish® Sunburst Orange® Danio (Danio rerio genetically modified)

Start date of the assessment: March 5, 2019

Activity: Danio rerio (Hamilton 1822), commonly referred to as “zebra danio” or “zebrafish”, are tropical aquarium fish that have been in the aquarium trade in Europe since 1905 and in the United States since the 1940s. The genetically modified line that is the subject of the notification is also intended for use in home aquaria (ornamental trade) and has been sold in the United States since 2006.

Genetic modifications: The GloFish® Sunburst Orange® Danio has been genetically engineered to express a fluorescent protein isolated from common marine invertebrates including corals and sea anemones. Expression of the gene encoding the fluorescent proteins is under the control of promoters isolated from fish.

Previous assessment: None

Public comments period: April 15, 2019 to April 29, 2019

Where to send your submission  

Substances Management Information Line
Information Management and Data Collection
Science and Technology Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey, 351 St. Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC, K1A 0H3
Telephone:  1-800-567-1999 (Toll Free in Canada)
Telephone:  1-819-938-3232 (Outside of Canada)
Facsimile: 1-819-938-5212
E-mail: eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca

Comments can also be submitted to the New Substances program using the online reporting system available through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window.

Past engagement initiatives

Substance designation Public comment period Public comments summary Published reports
AquAdvantage® salmon Sept 14, 2018 to Oct 12, 2018 HTML

Risk assessment report

Science advisory report

Gymnocorymbus ternetzi genetically modified

  • GloFish® Cosmic Blue® Tetra
  • GloFish® Sunburst Orange® Tetra and Long-Fin Sunburst Orange® Tetra
  • GloFish® Moonrise Pink® Tetra and Long-Fin Moonrise Pink® Tetra
  • GloFish® Galactic Purple® Tetra and Long-Fin Galactic Purple® Tetra
  • GloFish® Starfire Red® Tetra and Long-Fin Starfire Red® Tetra
July 12, 2018 to July 26, 2018 No comments received None
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