Seed regulatory modernization (excluding seed potatoes) – Winter 2024: Closed Consultation

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from February 8, 2024 to May 1, 2024.

About this consultation

The purpose of this consultation was to update stakeholders on progress made towards modernization of the Seeds Regulations since the 2023 winter consultation and update, and consider their feedback to inform decision-making. This consultation was the second of two informal consultations planned for seed regulatory modernization (SEED-RM) related to seed crops only, and therefore does not include updates or questions specific to seed potatoes or Part II of the Seeds Regulations.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The CFIA sought comments from businesses and other organizations in the farming, seed and grain industries, as well as farmers, producers, seed growers, seed analysts, seed developers, seed conditioners, the general public and others who have an interest in the following aspects of the seed regulatory lifecycle:

  • Variety registration
  • Sampling, testing and grading of seed
  • Sale, import and export of seed

There were no new updates since the Winter 2023 consultation on seed crop certification, or on harvesting, cleaning and conditioning of seed.

Related information

  • Canada's current seed regulatory framework introduces the reports available at the initiation of SEED-RM and describes in sections 2.0 and 2.1 the current seed regulatory framework for seed not including seed potatoes. It identifies the current regulations, standards and policies, and players involved within each stage of the seed regulatory lifecycle.
  • Learn more about the Seed Regulatory Modernization, including information on the purpose of SEED-RM, the purpose of the SEED-RM working groups, scope of SEED-RM, consultation activities to date including the needs assessment survey, the winter 2023 consultation, SEED-RM task teams, and information on key SEED-RM activities and next steps.

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