Amendments to the Fertilizers Regulations (Fertilizer Modernization)
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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