Consultation on Guidance for Submitting Whole Genome Sequencing Data to Support the Pre-Market Assessment of Novel Foods, Novel Feeds and Plants with Novel Traits


The purpose of this consultation is to solicit feedback on guidance proposed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada on the principles and good practices that petitioners should consider in organizing and presenting whole genome sequencing data as part of a pre-market submission for novel foods, novel feeds and plants with novel traits.

Consultation document

To obtain an electronic copy of the draft document, Guidance for Submitting Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Data to Support the Pre-market Assessment of Novel Foods, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to with the subject heading "HPFB Whole Genome Sequencing".

How to get involved

This consultation is open for comment starting June 1, 2017 until July 30, 2017 (60 days). Comments on this proposal may be submitted in writing by regular mail or electronically at the address indicated below. If you are submitting your comments electronically, please use the phrase "Whole Genome Sequencing" in the subject box of your e-mail to ensure that your comments will be captured.

Comments must be received by July 30, 2017.

Contact information

To submit comments related to this proposal, please contact the Food Directorate's Bureau of Microbial Hazards:

Bureau of Microbial Hazards
Evaluation Division
100 Metcalfe Street, Suite 200, A.L. 4102A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

Reporting to Canadians

The results of this consultation will be made available. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Microbial Hazards at, using the words "Whole Genome Sequencing" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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