Consultation on regulatory amendments regarding test kits containing controlled substances

From: Health Canada

Current status: Closed

Opened on March 30, 2018 and will close on May 29, 2018.

You are invited to provide comments on a proposal to align, streamline and modernize the registration of test kits under various regulations under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

Join in: How to participate

Read our Notice to Interested Parties which provides more details on the proposal.

Send us an email

Send an email to with your input or comments.

Participate by mail

Send a letter with your input or comments to the address in the contact information section.

Goals of the consultation

Test kits are essential in supporting public health and safety of Canadians.

Law enforcement agencies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency and Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service laboratories often rely on test kits to analyze seized substances. Forensic laboratories use test kits for the analysis of biological samples for controlled substances.

Health Canada authorizes test kits containing controlled substances through the registration of the product under various regulations under the CDSA.

A review of requirements related to test kits has shown inconsistencies and redundancies. We intend to modernize, streamline and align the requirements regarding test kits in the regulations under the CDSA and so that they are more responsive, clear and consistent across the regulations for manufacturers and importers of test kits.

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Contact us

Health Canada
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
150 Tunney’s Pasture Driveway, Main Stats Building - 2605A
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K9


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