ARCHIVED - Interim Marketing Authorization (IMA)
Update - March 2017
Health Canada, in collaboration with the CFIA, has developed an interim policy position on the use of expired interim marketing authorizations (IMAs) related to food fortification. Although regulatory changes are required to continue to permit the legal sale of these products in Canada, Health Canada has determined that removing these products from the market that comply with these expired IMAs may negatively impact the health of Canadians. The complete details can be found in the Interim Policy on the Use of Expired Interim Marketing Authorizations Related to Food Fortification.
Update - October 2012
As of October 25, 2012, Health Canada will no longer issue Interim Marketing Authorizations (IMAs) as the ability to do so has been replaced in the Food and Drugs Act with the Marketing Authorization (MA) authority.
IMAs in effect prior to this date will continue until: a) the IMA is cancelled, b) the IMA becomes part of an MA, or c) two years after the day on which the IMA came into effect.
The IMA process is an important initiative that was enacted in July 1997 through the promulgation of Project No. 923. The IMA bridges the time between the completion of the scientific evaluation of certain enabling amendments (e.g. expansion of uses of food additives already listed under Division 16 of the Food and Drug Regulations) and publication of the approved amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The criteria that must be met in order to request an IMA are detailed in the Project 923.
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