Forward Regulatory Plan 2021-2023: Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Concerning Cannabis Research and Testing

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Concerning Cannabis Research and Testing

Enabling Act

Cannabis Act

Food and Drugs Act


The purpose of the proposed amendments is to reduce barriers to cannabis research and testing activities and to facilitate cannabis research for non-therapeutic purposes.

Specifically, the proposed regulatory amendments would exempt cannabis manufactured and sold for the purpose of cannabis research on humans for non-therapeutic purposes from the application of Division 5 of Part C of the Food and Drug Regulations; authorize additional research-related activities for certain licence holders (i.e., to produce, distribute, and sell reference standards and test kits); and expand the qualifications for Head of Laboratory.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Not applicable

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed amendments would have impacts on researchers, and current and potential cannabis licence holders who conduct activities related to research and testing.


A Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 12, 2020, and comments were accepted until January 11, 2021.

Canadians will also have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period, which is expected to take place in fall 2021.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Andrea Budgell
Regulatory, Legislative and Economic Affairs Division
Strategic Policy (Cannabis)
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-302-6228

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory

February 2021

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