Consultations for Human Pathogens and Toxins Act Regulations

The Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) developed a comprehensive consultation strategy to solicit and incorporate input and feedback from stakeholders and other interested parties on the development of the program and regulatory framework required to fully implement the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA). A national pre-consultation (Phase I) was held to seek advice from all provincial and territorial governments, the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network and a representative cross-section of national stakeholder associations, including academia, on how best to consult transparently and fairly, in a way that is meaningful and inclusive. The input received during Phase I was incorporated into the further three phases of consultation (Phases II-IV).

  • Phase II: Sector-specific engagement on key HPTA program elements (electronic engagement and in-person sessions) completed in spring 2012.
  • Phase III: Consultations on operational challenges on key program elements and policy instruments (workshops and electronic workbook) completed in spring 2013.
  • Phase IV: Live webcast information sessions on the proposed program and regulatory framework concurrent with the publication of proposed regulations in Canada Gazette Part I completed in summer 2014.
  • Pre-publication of the regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette, for final comments completed in fall 2014.

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