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Progress Made on U.S.-Canada Regulatory Partnerships

Thursday, June 4, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The U.S. and Canada have announced a series of new Regulatory Partnerships that will serve as frameworks for bilateral cooperation and engagement to address specific regulatory activities. The frameworks were developed in response to the release of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan last August. The announcement included a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine and Health Canada's Veterinary Drugs Directorate to coordinate the respective countries' submission and review processes for veterinary drug applications. This partnership aims to enable simultaneous product reviews while moving toward concurrent product availability. The two agencies will coordinate standards development and assessment activities pertaining to the pre-market evaluation of veterinary drugs and will explore the availability of electronic templates for veterinary drug applications.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspective Service and Food Safety and Inspection Service also released their plans to work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to strengthen food safety protections in the areas of meat inspection and certification by agreeing to share information about slaughter inspection modernization efforts, and exchange information about efforts to develop e-certification systems in order to facilitate future system interoperability.

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