Health Products and Food Branch international collaborative arrangements

To support international collaboration including information and work sharing, Health Canada relies on confidentiality arrangements and memoranda of understanding with our counterpart regulatory agencies in other jurisdictions. These partnerships help to advance the effective regulation of health products and promote timely access to new drugs and medical devices.

  • Australia
    • Exchange of Letters between the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada and the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Department of Health and Ageing of Australia with respect to the sharing of confidential information
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health of Canada and the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Department of Health and Ageing of Australia on the Subject of Quality Management System Certification for Medical Devices
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Veterinary Drugs Directorate of the Department of Health of Canada and the Australian Pesticides and the Veterinary Medicines Authority of Australia regarding veterinary drugs
  • Brazil
    • Exchange of Letters constituting an Arrangement between Health Products and Food Branch and the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada and the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária) in respect of the sharing of confidential information
  • China
    • Plan of Action for Regulatory Cooperation between the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada and the State Food and Drug Administration of the People’s Republic of China
    • Memorandum of Understanding between Centre for Vaccine Evaluation, Canada and National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products of the People Republic of China
  • European Union
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health of Canada and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare of the Council of Europe regarding Conformity of Substances for Pharmaceutical Use
    • Memorandum of Understanding between Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate of Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada and the EU’s Official Control Authority Batch Release Network for Vaccines for Human Use and Medicinal Products derived from Human Blood and Plasma as represented by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare of the Council of Europe regarding participation in activities of the EU OCABR Network
    • Exchange of letters between the European Commission/European Medicines Agency and Health Canada allowing information sharing regarding therapeutic products (Canada) and medicinal products (EU)
    • Implementation Plan for Regulatory Cooperation on Medicinal Products following the exchange of letters between the EU (EC and EMEA) and Health Canada (HPFB)
  • France
    • Memorandum of Collaboration between the Health Products and Food Branch and the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada and the Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé française with respect to sharing confidential information
    • Framework Convention between the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (France) and the Food Directorate of Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health of Canada
    • Arrangement for the Sharing of Confidential Information between the Veterinary Drugs Directorate of the Department of Health Canada and France’s Agence nationale de sécurite sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail – Agence nationale du médicament vétérinaire
  • Germany
    • Exchange of Letters constituting an arrangement between the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute of Germany with respect to sharing of confidential information
  • Hong Kong
    • Plan of Action for Regulatory Cooperation on Natural Health Products between the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada and the Department of Health of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
  • Ireland
    • Exchange of letters constituting an arrangement between the Health Products and Food Branch and the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada and the Irish Medicines Board with respect to the sharing of confidential information
  • Japan
    • Exchange of Letters between the Health Products and Food Branch and the Health Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency of Japan in respect of the sharing of confidential information
  • Republic of Korea
    • Regulatory Collaboration between the Biopharmaceutical and Herbal Medicine Evaluation Department of the National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation of the Republic of Korea and the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate of Health Canada of Canada
  • Mexico
    • Collaborative Arrangement between the Department of Health of Canada and the Ministry of Health of the United Mexican States
  • Netherlands
    • Exchange of Letters constituting an arrangement between the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada and the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada and the Medicines Evaluation Board of The Netherlands and the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate with respect to the sharing of confidential information
  • New Zealand
    • Exchange of Letters constituting an Arrangement between the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada and the Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) of the Ministry of Health of New Zealand in respect of sharing of confidential information
  • Pan American Health Organization
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health of Canada and the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization for Regulatory Exchange Platform-Secure
  • Singapore
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health of Canada and the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore
  • Sweden
    • Exchange of Letters constituting an arrangement between the Medical Products Agency of Sweden and the Health Products and Food Branch and the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch with respect to the sharing of confidential information
  • Switzerland
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health of Canada and the Federal Department of Home Affairs Acting in the Name of the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation Regarding Therapeutic Products
  • United Kingdom
    • Exchange of Letters between Health Products and Food Branch and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of the United Kingdom Department of Health with respect to the sharing of confidential information
    • Arrangement between the Veterinary Drugs Directorate of Health Canada and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom in respect of the sharing of confidential information
  • United States
    • The Department of Health of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the United States Food and Drug Administration: Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement
    • Exchange of Letters between the Health Products and Food Branch and the United States Food and Drug Administration in respect of the amendment of the 2003 Memorandum of Understanding to include foods and natural health products
    • Confidentiality Commitment Statement of Legal Authority and Commitment from Health Canada not to publicly disclose non-public information shared by the United States Food and Drug Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Health Products and Food Branch international collaborative arrangements are available upon request at hc.hpfb_international_dgpsa.sc@canada.ca.

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