Consultation: Updating the provisions for hospitals and practitioners in regulations under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

From: Health Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on June 1, 2024 and will close to new input on December 1, 2024.

Health Canada has published a regulatory proposal in the Canada Gazette. The proposed Controlled Substances Regulations would consolidate 6 regulations and 6 exemptions into a single new regulation.

While the proposed Controlled Substances Regulations would address many of the current gaps and inconsistencies in the regulatory framework for controlled substances, we recognize that further modernization of the regulations may be needed. Health care services and the way they are delivered have shifted over the years, but the regulations for controlled substances have not kept up with those changes. For example, health care used to be more hospital-based, but it now includes other health care facilities and home care.

Under the existing regulations, only "practitioners" (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nurse practitioners, midwives and podiatrists) are authorized to:

Health Canada is aware that more work may be needed to modernize the provisions for hospitals and practitioners. To guide us, we are launching a consultation to:

Join in: How to participate

Send us an email

Send an email to with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard. Please write "Notice of Intent – CGI 2024" in the subject line.

Participate by mail

Send a letter with your ideas and input to the address in contact information below.

Who is the focus of this consultation

We will engage with:

Key questions for discussion

Your ideas and input are sought around 2 topics:

The feedback and input we gather from this consultation will inform future regulatory changes.

Related information

Contact us

Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Controlled Substances and Overdose Response Directorate
Health Canada
Address Locator: 0302A
150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

Email: with "Notice of Intent – CGI 2024" in the subject line.

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