Meetings and Correspondence on the development of new regulatory guidance for novel foods

Find out about communications with stakeholders in regards to the development of new regulatory guidance about novel foods.

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Date Topic Organization Type of interaction Purpose Health Canada office Document(s) shared Order a copy
2020-09-11 Genetically modified foods Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting Update from Health Canada regarding current and future policies relating to Genetically modified foods. Director General's Office, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes -English - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - September 11, 2020
  2. Meeting notes -French - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - September 11, 2020
  3. Correspondence - English - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - September 11, 2020
  4. Correspondence - English - Health Canada - September 11, 2020
  5. Document - English - Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - Genome Editing Report - July 2020
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2020-10-13 Plant breeding innovation Canada Grains Council Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To share feedback on Health Canada's Plant Breeding Innovation Proposal. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Correspondence – English-Canada Grains Council-October 13, 2020
  2. Document – English – Feedback on Health Canada's Plant Breeding Innovation Proposal – October 13, 2020
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2020-10-16 Science of gene editing and other plant breeding innovations Industry and academic experts in plant breeding Health Canada-initiated virtual panel session To seek expert input and perspectives on a list of questions that have been identified by regulators and that are linked to the development of new regulatory guidance for novel foods, specific to plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes - English - Virtual Session Experts - October 16, 2020
  2. Meeting notes - French - Virtual Session Experts - October 16, 2020
  3. Document - English-Agenda-Virtual Session Experts - October 16, 2020
  4. Document - French-Agenda-Virtual Session Experts - October 16, 2020
  5. Document - English - Regulators Questions Specific for Plant Breeders-October 16, 2020
  6. Document - French - Regulators Questions Specific for Plant Breeders
  7. Document - English - Biographies - Virtual Panel Session - October 16, 2020
  8. Document- French - Biographies -Virtual Panel Session - October 16, 2020
  9. Correspondence - English-Industry- October 20, 2020
  10. Document - English - Common Practices of Plant Breeders - October 20, 2020
  11. Correspondence - English - Health Canada - October 30, 2020
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2020-10-30 Plant breeding innovation Canada Grains Council Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting An introductory meeting for the Canada Grains Council to provide background information about their organization, provide an overview of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops, including their Grains Code of Practice, the impact of COVID-19 on the grain sector, and plant breeding innovation. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Meeting notes – English – Canada Grains Council – October 30, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – Canada Grains Council – October 30, 2020
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2020-11-09 Plant breeding innovation

CropLife

Canada

Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting An introductory meeting to exchange views on plant breeding innovation. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Meeting notes – English – CropLife – November 9, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – CropLife – November 9, 2020
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2020-11-17 Plant breeding innovation Grain Growers of Canada Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting A meeting during Grain Week to discuss collective goals of plant breeding innovation. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Meeting notes – English – Grain Growers of Canada – November 17, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – Grain Growers of Canada – November 17, 2020
  3. Document – English – Grain Growers of Canada’s Position on International Trade – 2020
  4. Document – English – Grain Growers of Canada - Innovation – 2020
  5. Document – English – Grain Growers of Canada – Sustainability – 2020
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2020-11-30 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canadian Federation of Agriculture Stakeholder-initiated correspondence Request for engagement to discuss questions related to the guidance development prior to the consultation period. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence – English - Canadian Federation of Agriculture - November 30, 2020
  2. Response – English - Health Canada - December 4, 2020
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2020-12-08 Update on progress and details around guidance options Stakeholders Health Canada-initiated meeting To provide an update on Health Canada and the CFIA's development of new guidance focused on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada-December 8, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada-December 8, 2020
  3. Presentation-English-Health Canada-December 8, 2020
  4. Presentation-French-Health Canada-December 8, 2020
  5. Presentation-English-Canadian Food Inspection Agency-December 8, 2020
  6. Presentation-French-Canadian Food Inspection Agency-December 8, 2020
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2020-12-09 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canada Grains Council Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting To discuss the development of new guidance focussed on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – December 9, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – December 9, 2020
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2020-12-10 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding CropLife Canada Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting To discuss the development of new guidance focussed on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – December 10, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – December 10, 2020
  3. Correspondence – English – CropLife – December 16, 2020
  4. Article – English – Glenn et al. - Bringing New Plant Varieties to Market: Plant Breeding and Selection Practices Advance Beneficial Characteristics while Minimizing Unintended Changes – November 2017
  5. Article – English – Swarup et al. – The role of conventional plant breeding in ensuring safe levels of naturally occurring toxins in food crops – April 2020
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2020-12-11 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Stakeholders Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting To discuss stakeholder comments on Health Canada’s proposed draft guidance on plant breeding. Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada - December 11, 2020
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – December 11, 2020
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2020-12-16 Update on progress and details around guidance options Canadian Sugar Beet Producers’ Association Stakeholder-Initiated correspondence To request a copy of Health Canada’s Presentation. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence – English – Health Canada –Canadian Sugar Beet Producers Association – December 16, 2020
  2. Presentation-English-Health Canada-December 8, 2020
  3. Presentation-French-Health Canada-December 8, 2020
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2020-12-17 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canada Grains Council Stakeholder-Initiated correspondence To provide feedback on Health Canada’s proposed development of the new guidance focussed on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence-English-Canada Grains Council-December 17
  2. Feedback-English-Canada Grains Council-December 17, 2020
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2020-12-18 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Protein Industries Canada Stakeholder-Initiated correspondence To provide feedback on Health Canada’s proposed development of the new guidance focussed on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Feedback – English – Protein Industries Canada – December 18, 2020
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2021-01-04 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canada Grains Council Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To request clarification on the purpose of the meeting scheduled on January 6, 2021. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence – English – Canada Grains Council and Health Canada – January 4, 2021
  2. Document – English - Agenda- Health Canada – January 6, 2021
  3. Document – English – Terms of Reference – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
  4. Document – English – Key Questions for Industry Stakeholders – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
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2021-01-05 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding CropLife Canada Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To request clarification on the purpose of the meeting scheduled on January 6, 2021. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence – English – CropLife and Health Canada – January 5, 2021
  2. Document – English - Agenda- Health Canada – January 6, 2021
  3. Document – English – Terms of Reference – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
  4. Document – English – Key Questions for Industry Stakeholders – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
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2021-01-06 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada and Industry Working Group Health Canada-initiated meeting To allow for an in-depth discussion of Health Canada’s proposed development of new guidance focussed on plant breeding, and for stakeholders to share further comments on the policy options for plant breeding innovation presented at the December 8th meeting. Director General's Office, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – January 6, 2021
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – January 6, 2021
  3. Document – English - Agenda- Health Canada – January 6, 2021
  4. Document – French – Agenda – Health Canada – January 6, 2021
  5. Document – English – Terms of Reference – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
  6. Document – French – Terms of Reference – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
  7. Document – English – Key Questions for Industry Stakeholders – Health Canada - January 6, 2021
  8. Document – French – Key Questions for Industry Stakeholders – Health Canada – January 6, 2021
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2021-01-07 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding CropLife Canada Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting To discuss the development of new guidance focussed on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – January 7, 2021
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – January 7, 2021
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2021-01-07 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canada Grains Council Stakeholder-Initiated Meeting To discuss the development of new guidance focussed on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – January 7, 2021
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – January 7, 2021
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2021-01-08 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada and Industry Working Group Health Canada-initiated correspondence To share meeting summary from December 11, 2020. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence – English – Health Canada – January 8, 2021
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2021-01-15 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada and Industry Working Group Health Canada-initiated correspondence To share meeting summary from January 6, 2021. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence – English – Health Canada – January 15, 2021
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2021-01-19 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada and Industry Working Group Health Canada-initiated meeting To present and solicit feedback on the revised proposed guidance focussed on plant breeding after receiving comments from stakeholders after the December 8th meeting. Director General's Office, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – January 19, 2021
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – January 19, 2021
  3. Document – English - Agenda- Health Canada – January 19, 2021
  4. Document – French – Agenda – Health Canada – January 19, 2021
  5. Presentation – English – Health Canada - January 19, 2021
  6. Presentation– French – Health Canada - January 19, 2021
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2021-01-20 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada and Industry Working Group Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To share feedback on meeting summary from January 6, 2021. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence-English-Canada Grains Council-January 20, 2021
  2. Document-English-Health Canada Summary Comments Final-January 20, 2021
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2021-01-25 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Health Canada-initiated meeting To discuss the development of the proposed new guidance for novel foods and the environmental release of seeds. Director General's Office, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes – English – Health Canada – January 25, 2021
  2. Meeting notes – French – Health Canada – January 25, 2021
  3. Document – English - Agenda- Health Canada – January 25, 2021
  4. Document – French – Agenda – Health Canada – January 25, 2021
  5. Presentation – English – Health Canada - January 25, 2021
  6. Presentation – French – Health Canada - January 25, 2021
  7. Presentation-English-Canadian Food Inspection Agency-January 25, 2021
  8. Presentation-French-Canadian Food Inspection Agency-January 25, 2021
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2021-02-03 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada and Industry Working Group Health Canada-initiated correspondence To share meeting summary from January 19, 2021. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence-English-Health Canada-February 3, 2021
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2021-02-03 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To provide questions and areas of inquiry in advance of the meeting scheduled on February 8, 2021. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence-English- Canadian Biotechnology Action Network-February 3, 2021
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2021-02-08 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Health Canada-initiated meeting A follow-up meeting regarding the new guidance focused on plant breeding. Director General's Office, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes-English- Health Canada -February 8, 2021
  2. Meeting-French- Health Canada-February 8, 2021
  3. Correspondence-English- Canadian Biotechnology Action Network-February 8, 2021
  4. Document-English-Are GM crops and foods well regulated?-Canadian Biotechnology Action Network- 2015
  5. Document-English-GM Contamination in Canada- Canadian Biotechnology Action Network-March 2019
  6. Document-English-Elements of Precaution: Recommendations for the Regulation of Food Biotechnology in Canada-The Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel-January 2001
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2021-02-08 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Stakeholders Health Canada-initiated correspondence A follow-up meeting regarding the new guidance focused on plant breeding. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Meeting notes-English-Health Canada-February 8, 2021
  2. Meeting notes-French-Health Canada-February 8, 2021
  3. Document-English-Agenda-Health Canada-February 8, 2021
  4. Document-French-Agenda-Health Canada-February 8, 2021
  5. Document-English-Plant Breeding Innovation Guidance Comparison Table-Health Canada-February 8, 2021
  6. Document-French-Plant Breeding Innovation Guidance Comparison Table-Health Canada-February 8, 2021.
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2021-02-16 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding CropLife Canada Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To share follow-up materials after the February 8th meeting. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Correspondence-English-CropLife Canada-February 16, 2021
  2. Document – English-Nature Nutured-February 16, 2021
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2021-02-19 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Health Canada Health Canada-initiated meeting To respond to follow-up materials after the February 8th meeting. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Correspondence-English-Health Canada-February 19, 2021
  2. Correspondence-English-CropLife Canada-February 22, 2021
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2021-03-03 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding Canadian Biotechnology Action Network Stakeholder-initiated correspondence To share concerns with the Minister of Health, regarding the upcoming consultation. Director General's Office, Food Directorate
  1. Correspondence-English- Canadian Biotechnology Action Network-March 3, 2021
  2. Letter-English- Canadian Biotechnology Action Network-March 3, 2021
  3. Correspondence-English- Health Canada-March 17, 2021
  4. Letter-English- Health Canada-March 17, 2021
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2021-03-08 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding CropLife Canada Health Canada-initiated meeting To discuss Health Canada's Voluntary Transparency Initiative and the 'Nature Nurtured' industry initiative. Assistant Deputy Minister's Office
  1. Meeting notes-English-Health Canada-March 8, 2021
  2. Meeting notes-French-Heath Canada-March 8, 2021
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2021-04-07 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding CropLife Canada Stakeholder-initiated meeting To provide clarification regarding the on-going consultation on New Novel Foods Guidance. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes-English-Health Canada-April 7, 2021
  2. Meeting notes-French-Health Canada-April 7, 2021
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2021-04-08 Guidance Development for the Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding American Seed Trade Association Stakeholder-initiated meeting To provide an overview of the proposed new guidance for Novel Food Regulations, focused on plant breeding. Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate
  1. Meeting notes-English-Health Canada-April 8, 2021
  2. Meeting notes-French-Health Canada-April 8, 2021
  3. Presentation – English – Health Canada – April 8, 2021
  4. Presentation – French – Health Canada – April 8, 2021
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