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What is Cost Recovery?

Cost recovery is a federal government model intended to promote more business-like and equitable management of government programs. Health Canada has the responsibility in Canada to regulate the safety, efficacy, and quality of health products.


Since the 1990’s, the Department has been charging fees for certain services and activities related to the regulation of pharmaceutical, biologic drugs, medical devices and veterinary drugs, under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). These fees apply to such activities as pre-market regulatory review, compliance and enforcement under our inspection program and the ongoing surveillance of products once they are on the market. This is common practice amongst international regulators of health products.

Efforts are currently underway to revise the existing health product fees under the Cost Recovery Renewal Initiative.

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