Normativa otros paísesMay. 17, 2012
Canadá: proponen enmendar Ley de Alimentos y Drogas
9 May 2012
|Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures||Original: English/
|1.||Notifying Member: CANADA
If applicable, name of local government involved:
|2.||Agency responsible: Health Canada|
|3.||Products covered (provide tariff item number(s) as specified in national schedules deposited with the WTO; ICS numbers should be provided in addition, where applicable): Food in general (ICS Code: 67.040)|
|4.||Regions or countries likely to be affected, to the extent relevant or practicable:
[X] All trading partners
[ ] Specific regions or countries:
|5.||Title of the notified document: Proposed amendments to the Food and Drugs Act, as reflected in Division 19 of Part 4 of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, 2012 Language: English and French Number of pages: 6|
|6.||Description of content: As part of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, the government of Canada is making amendments to the Food and Drugs Act to streamline the regulatory process while maintaining the same scientific rigor needed for the approval of safe foods.
These amendments found in Division 19 of Part 4 will permit the Minister of Health to issue marketing authorizations that exempt a food, or an advertisement with respect to a food, from certain provisions of the Food and Drugs Act. The division also provides that a regulation with respect to a food and a marketing authorization may incorporate by reference any document. It also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.
The amendments propose two targeted changes to the Food and Drugs Act. The first is a new authority called a Marketing Authorization. This allows the Minister of Health to act on certain safety decisions such as permitting the use of specific substances in foods (e.g. food additives) and allowing certain new health claims on foods. The Marketing Authorization would also allow the Minister to set specific conditions on these approvals. The second change is to allow broader referencing of outside public documents as part of regulations, termed incorporation by reference. This amendment would also include documents developed by the department.
The Interim Marketing Authorization will be replaced by the Marketing Authorization. Existing Interim Marketing Authorizations will continue to be in force up until the end of their two year timeframe. This will ensure that there is no interruption to industry being able to market their approved products, or to consumers being able to continue to access the products they want.
|7.||Objective and rationale: [X] food safety, [ ] animal health, [ ] plant protection, [ ] protect humans from animal/plant pest or disease, [ ] protect territory from other damage from pests.|
|8.||Is there a relevant international standard? If so, identify the standard:
[ ] Codex Alimentarius Commission (e.g. title or serial number of Codex standard or related text)
[ ] World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) (e.g. Terrestrial or Aquatic Animal Health Code, chapter number)
[ ] International Plant Protection Convention (e.g. ISPM number)
Does this proposed regulation conform to the relevant international standard?
[ ] Yes [ ] No
If no, describe, whenever possible, how and why it deviates from the international standard:
|9.||Other relevant documents and language(s) in which these are available: Parliament of Canada Website, Publications (Available in English and French)|
|10.||Proposed date of adoption (dd/mm/yy): The Bill is currently before Parliament – the date of adoption is unknown at this time.
Proposed date of publication (dd/mm/yy): On the date the measure is adopted.
|11.||Proposed date of entry into force: [ ] Six months from date of publication, and/or (dd/mm/yy): On the date the measure is adopted.
[ ] Trade facilitating measure
|12.||Final date for comments: [ ] Sixty days from the date of circulation of the notification and/or(dd/mm/yy): 2 July 2012
Agency or authority designated to handle comments: [X] National Notification Authority,  National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e‑mail address (if available) of other body:
|13.||Texts available from: [ ] National Notification Authority, [X] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e‑mail address (if available) of other body:
The electronic version of the legislative text can be downloaded at: