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What we heard report: Consultation on the seed regulatory modernization needs assessment survey for seeds and seed potatoes

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Introduction

As part of the seed regulatory modernization (SEED-RM) process, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is planning to review and update the following sections of the Seeds Regulations:

This report summarizes the feedback received on the needs assessment survey on Seed-RM.

About the consultation

The CFIA consulted on the needs assessment survey for SEED-RM to inform potential changes to the Seeds Regulations. The consultation was divided into 5 seed specific and 10 seed potato specific topics through an online survey from January 28 to March 15, 2021. Those topics included:

Seeds

Seed Potato

The objective of the consultation was to establish a baseline understanding of seed and seed potato stakeholder needs to provide important perspective to the process.

Who we heard from

The CFIA received feedback from 709 respondents for seed-specific topics and from 179 respondents for seed potato-specific topics.

Respondents for seed included:

Seed potato respondents:

What we heard

Stakeholders provided valuable perspectives and information to establish a baseline understanding of stakeholder needs to inform SEED-RM. A high-level summary of the results is provided below. Overall, respondents indicated they were generally satisfied with the Seeds Regulations while supporting some changes that would improve the existing regulations. This includes support for:

Elements supported

Elements not supported

Elements for further exploration

CFIA received 320 responses suggesting improvements in the planned amendments of Parts I, II, III and IV of the Seeds Regulations. Common responses for consideration during SEED-RM included:

Other feedback

Feedback outside the scope of Seed-RM was forwarded to the responsible CFIA branch or government department. Examples include comments about:

Next steps

The CFIA thanks everyone who participated in the consultation process. The CFIA and the SEED-RM Working Group (WG) will consider all input when collaborating to co-develop proposed options for amending the Seeds Regulations. The CFIA anticipates to consult on proposed options before publishing the amendments in Canada Gazette, Part I.

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