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CVMA Provides Input to Health Canada on the Fee Proposal for Drugs and Medical Devices

January 11, 2018

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) raised several concerns and made suggestions to Health Canada on the Fee Proposal for Drugs and Medical Devices before the consultation period ended on January 4, 2018.

Read the full letter submitted by the CVMA here.

In addition to the feedback provided in a letter, the CVMA, along with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) had raised a number of issues during a Sector Specific Session hosted by Health Canada on November 23, 2017. 

In short, the CVMA has concerns that the implications for manufacturers could result in unintended consequences that would negatively impact animal health and food safety.

The CVMA strongly supports veterinarians being able to access effective animal health products for the benefit of their clients and patients. The limited resources in the existing regulatory system should not be put under the extra pressure that would result from the proposed fee increases.

The CVMA urged Health Canada to proceed with caution as it reviews its fee schedule and that its analysis include consideration of the benefits of facilitating the availability of safe and effective animal health products in the Canadian marketplace for the public good.