Forward Regulatory Plan 2022-2024: Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Modernize food regulations to enable innovative and safe foods for Canadians)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Modernize food regulations to enable innovative and safe foods for Canadians)

Enabling Act

Food and Drugs Act

Description

Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to modernize the regulation of food in order to encourage businesses to bring safe and innovative products to market in Canada.

Specifically, the proposed amendments would: (1) create a regulatory framework to enable continued use of Human Milk Fortifiers. (Complete); (2) modernize the regulations for microbiological safety criteria and methods of analysis for timelier and more efficient revisions to respond to advancing science and technology; (3) streamline food additive rules; and, (4) establish a new regulatory framework for foods supplemented to contain added ingredients like vitamins or caffeine to safely allow them on the Canadian market.

These priority areas are the first steps to implement a modernized and redesigned architecture for the food regulations under the Act.

This regulatory initiative was identified by Health Canada in the Agri-food and Aquaculture Sector Regulatory Review Roadmap.

This regulatory initiative is associated with Health Canada's stock review plan.

This initiative is linked to the Health Canada / Canadian Food Inspection Agency Joint Policy Statement on Food Labelling Coordination.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

This regulatory proposal would better align Health Canada requirements with those of other jurisdictions where appropriate.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed amendments would apply to businesses involved in the sale of regulated food products in Canada.

It is anticipated that the proposal would provide greater clarity and predictability for businesses to allow them to bring food products to market in a timely manner. This impact would in turn provide Canadians with greater, faster access to safe and innovative food products.

Consultations

Heath Canada plans to pre-publish the proposed changes related to microbiological criteria for foods, scientific methods of analysis and food additives in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in fall 2022 with a 70-day comment period.

Health Canada pre-published the proposed changes related to supplemented foods in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 26, 2021 with a 90-day comment period.

Health Canada plans to publish the proposed changes related to supplemented foods in the Canada Gazette, Part II, in spring 2022.

As per the Health Canada/Canadian Food Inspection Agency joint Policy Statement on Food Labelling Coordination, the target compliance date for the supplemented food amendments will be January 1, 2026.

Health Canada published the changes related to Human Milk Fortifiers in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on April 14, 2021.

Further information

Related information can be found on:

Consultation Summary – Food and Nutrition Stakeholder Engagement Session, May 7, 2019

Event summary: Health Canada's 2021 stakeholder update on food and nutrition, May 6, 2021

Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Supplemented Foods)

Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Human Milk Fortifiers)

Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Bruno Rodrigue
Executive Director
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-321-4235
Email: lrm.consultations-mlr@hc-sc.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

June 2019

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