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Web posting update - Health Canada's Veterinary Drugs Directorate

January 1, 2019

Message from Health Canada's Veterinary Drugs Directorate:

As part of our efforts to keep you up to date on the Veterinary Drugs Directorate’s work, this is to inform you of some of our key activities published in the Veterinary drugs – What’s New section of Canada.ca that may be of interest. 

1) Notice: Prescription Drug List (PDL): Human and Veterinary Antimicrobials

As part of our efforts to strengthen veterinary oversight and promote the responsible use of medically-important antimicrobials in animals, this Notice informs stakeholders that Health Canada has amended 14 antimicrobial active ingredients from non-prescription to prescription on the Veterinary PDL.

2) Notice of Intent for the Veterinary Drugs Regulatory Enrolment Process (REP) Pilot Project

This Notice is to inform stakeholders that Health Canada will be launching a Regulatory Enrolment Process (REP) pilot project for veterinary drug regulatory activities (submissions) in spring 2019. This will allow companies to send their information to Health Canada electronically, in a secure, efficient manner using the Common Electronic Submission Gateway (CESG).

3) Veterinary Drug Experimental Studies Certificate (ESC) Application Form

We have updated the ESC application form to be more user-friendly and pdf fillable, with clear instructions and a checklist, to provide an improved ESC application process.

4) List C: Veterinary Health Products (VHPs)

List C has been updated with new substances and/or modifications to current substances, providing further access to VHPs.

5) List of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs in Foods

The List of MRLs has been updated and the Final Notice posted, further to the Proposed MRL consultation 2018-1.

Please also note that the topic of veterinary drugs was highlighted in the recent Fall Economic Statement 2018 (page 84) by the Department of Finance as part of the Agri-Food and Aquaculture regulatory review process. More information on this will follow.