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The personal information you provide to Health Canada is:
- handled in accordance with the Privacy Act
- used by the Medical Devices Directorate under the authority of the Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations
Why we collect your personal information
We need your email address to provide you with a subscription service for updates related to your chosen medical device(s). We'll use your information to send you email updates of the latest publications as they're posted on the website.
You may also choose to provide us with your demographic information. We'll use this information to:
- understand our prospective audience in regards to your chosen medical device(s)
- this will inform future opportunities for consultations related to your chosen medical device(s)
- support our mandate to provide information so that you can make informed decisions about your health
How else we use or share your personal information
We may also share de-identified and aggregated demographic information with the Communications and Public Affairs Branch. This lets us improve social media and other potential communication strategies. Improving these supports our mandate of providing information so that you can make informed decisions about your health.
In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, we will not disclose your personal information without your consent.
If you don't want to provide your personal information
If you choose not to provide your email address, we won't be able to send you updates. If you are a subscriber and wish to cancel your subscription, you can unsubscribe at any time. If you unsubscribe, we'll remove your email address from our subscription list and you will no longer receive updates.
If you wish to change your subscription email, you must cancel your subscription and re-subscribe.
Providing your demographic information is voluntary and there are no consequences if you do not provide it.
You have the right to:
- access and request corrections and notations to your personal information
- complain to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if you feel your personal information has been handled improperly
Contact us for more information about these rights, or about how we handle your personal information:
For more information
Info Source describes the collection of your personal information at infosource.gc.ca. Refer to the personal information bank (PIB) HC PSU 914 Public Communications.
How to subscribe
Health Canada intends to use this subscription list as a way to ensure that medical device information that is relevant to your needs is shared with you in a timely manner. We currently have 2 lists available for subscription: breast implants and vaginal surgical mesh.
To be notified when there are updates on your chosen medical device types, choose the list(s) that you wish to receive information from. Enter your email address below and click on the "Subscribe" button.
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How to change your subscription email
To change your subscription email, unsubscribe from the previous email address and re-subscribe with your new email address.
How to unsubscribe
If you are already a subscriber and wish to unsubscribe, type in your email address in the box below and select the "Unsubscribe" button. You will be unsubscribed from all medical device updates.
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