Amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations (Fertilizer Modernization)

 In Fertilizers, Regulatory Affairs

By: Teri Dickinson, Regulatory Affairs Group Manager, email

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) modernization of the Fertilizers Regulations is part of a multi-year initiative to respond to industry changes.  CFIA pre-published the proposed amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 8, 2018, for a 75-day comment period.

The proposed amendments introduced a risk-based approach to regulatory intervention and revised the scheme of exemptions from registration. Some additional changes include:

  • Extending the registration period from 3 years to 5 years
  • Transitioning Schedule II (list of primary fertilizer and supplement materials exempt from registration) to the List of Materials incorporated by reference
  • Re-defining major and minor amendments to product registration and creating a non-notifiable category of label changes
  • Flexible labeling and record-keeping requirements

It is anticipated that the final amendments will be published as final in the Canada Gazette, Part II in winter 2020.  At the time of pre-publication, these regulations are not expected to come into force until three years after they are published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

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