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Guidance for determining whether a plant is subject to Part V of the Seeds Regulations: Closed consultation

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from May 19, 2021 to September 16, 2021

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to protecting Canada's plant resources, which in turn enhance the health and well-being of Canada's people, our environment, and our economy.

Part V of the Seeds Regulations describes the regulatory requirements for the release of plants that may impact the Canadian environment. This includes new crop kinds, as well as plants with novel traits.

The CFIA sought feedback on proposed guidance for Part V – Release of Seed under the Seeds Regulations, with the objective of clarifying which plants are subject to Part V and which plants are exempt. This will allow stakeholders to better understand the requirements that are relevant to them in the context of new and emerging technologies such as gene editing.

The 2 documents shared for consultation remain available to view online:

Input gathered from CFIA's consultation will help determine if the updated guidance provides stakeholders with the clarity they need to understand Part V of the Seeds Regulations, to innovate and better use new technologies, while maintaining high safety standards.

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If you have any questions about this consultation, please send an email to the Plant Biosafety Office.

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