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RG-1 Regulatory Guidance:
Chapter 5 - Research with Livestock Feeds

Section 3: Feeds – research exemption or research exemption with a safety assessment

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Section 3 of the Feeds Regulations permits the exemption from registration of feed, other than a novel feed, from the operations of the Act for experimental purposes, provided that certain conditions are met.

Individuals or companies who intend to conduct research with feeds will fall into one of the following three categories:

  1. the feed is manufactured in Canada for research purposes and the research facility accepts full responsibility for safe disposal – No application is required
  2. the feed is imported into Canada and the research facility accepts full responsibility for safe disposal – Application for a Research Exemption is required
  3. the feed is imported or manufactured in Canada and there is no safe disposal plan – Application for a Research Exemption with a Safety Assessment is required

Where the research protocol does not include safe disposal, or the applicant seeks approval for the feed and/or livestock and/or resulting animal products or by-products to enter the food or feed chain or the environment, a submission requesting a safety review of the feed is required and an evaluation will be conducted by the AFD.

Notice of decision

Upon completion of the application, a letter will be provided to the Canadian applicant which:

If the feed is imported and the application is approved, the Canadian applicant will receive an additional letter allowing the importation of the feed. This letter must accompany the shipment into Canada.

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