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New CMIB Published on CFIA’s Website April 4, 2018

April 6, 2018

Information courtesy of the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC):

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been working on a new version of the Compendium of Medicating Ingredient Brochures (CMIB) to better align with Health Canada’s regulatory and policy changes related to Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIA).

Transition to and Implementation of the ‘New’ CMIBThe new CMIB was published on the CFIA’s website on April 4, 2018 (see announcement); however, the policy changes for MIAs only take effect on December 1, 2018. During the transition period, between April 1 and November 30, 2018, both CMIBs (the current version as well as the new version) will be valid. A PDF version of the current CMIB is attached for reference as it has been removed from CFIA’s website.

The new CMIB has a different look than the current version and includes all approved in-feed medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription. Additional indexes have also been added to help search for information. As of December 1, 2018, only the new CMIB will be valid and CFIA inspectors will issue corrective actions for non-compliance with the new CMIB. 

To help with the transition, ANAC has developed a fact sheet in collaboration with CFIA which is available on our website (also attached to this email). Further guidance on AMR initiatives can also be found on ANAC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship page. This page will be updated as more resources become available.

The CMIB web page contains the most up-to-date version and should be referenced frequently. To receive CMIB updates as they are published on the Agency’s website, you can subscribe at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/util/listserv/listserve.shtml


  • Questions on the management of the inventory of medically important antimicrobials during the transition to December 1, 2018? Visit the Canadian Animal Health Institute website.
  • Questions about the regulatory and policy changes? Visit the Health Canada website. Contact them at vetdrugs-medsvet@hc-sc.gc.ca.
To stay up to date on other information about the upcoming Health Canada rule changes, visit the Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada section of the CVMA website.