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Memorandum 2021-02: Renewal period for veterinary biologics establishment licences and product licences held by Canadian manufacturers is changed to April 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021

59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Telephone: 613-773-7414
Facsimile: 613-773-7115

Date: February 2, 2021

To: Canadian Manufacturers of Veterinary Biologics

All veterinary biologics establishment licences and product licences issued to Canadian manufacturers expire on May 31 of each year. The renewal window for these licences has been February to May preceding the expiry date. For the upcoming annual renewal, the Canadian Centre for Veterinary Biologics (CCVB) is changing the renewal window to April 15 – May 15, 2021.

This change to the renewal process accommodates the timing of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's annual service fee adjustment occurring every March 31. A fee increase of 2% based on the Consumer Price Index will be implemented on March 31, 2021. To ensure that the correct service fees are applied, please wait until April 2021 to access the updated Form CFIA/ACIA 4720 Application for Services.

The Veterinary Biologics Memorandum, reminding licence and permit holders to submit their renewal applications and outlining the renewal process, will be posted in April 2021. Renewal applications will not be accepted earlier. A reminder will also be sent by email, to those individuals who have signed up with CFIA's Notification Services to receive updates regarding renewals of veterinary biologics licences and permits.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact CCVB, c/o the Pre-market Application Submissions Office at 613-773-7408 or by e-mail at

Pawan Agrawal BVSc & AH, MS, PhD
Acting National Manager
Canadian Centre for Veterinary Biologics
Animal Health Directorate

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