Canada’s CFIA No Longer Requires Efficacy Data for Fertilizer Registration
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made substantial changes to the
Fertilizers Regulations, which include the discontinuation of market efficacy assessment and verification of performance claim as well as the cessation of marketplace monitoring of product quality and efficacy. While CFIA will no longer regulate the quality and effectiveness of fertilizers and supplements imported and sold in Canada, it will continue to ensure that these products are safe for humans, animals, plants and the environment. The updated
Fertilizers Regulations were published on May 8, 2013 and are in effect now.
Changes to the Fertilizers Regulations include:
Exemptions from registration
▲ Farm fertilizers in mineral form;
▲ Standards for mixed fertilizers requiring a minimum nutrient content of 18% and 24% have been removed ;
remove efficacy standards and focus on product safety;
removed. Efficacy data for controlled release fertilizers is no longer required;
▲ Guaranteed analysis requirements for tobacco fertilizers have been removed; and
▲ Labeling requirement for slowly available plant nutrients in Section 17 has been removed; and
To view a detailed CFIA summary of Fertilizers Regulations, please click here.
Please Note: The requirements that all labeling be accurate and representative of the product has not been changed but in light of the efficacy and quality changes, alignment with this section will be reflected in the review of safety information only.
The updated Fertilizers Regulations are independent of CFIA’s regulatory modernization initiative that is currently ongoing. Additional amendments to the regulations for fertilizers and supplements will be put in place once the initiative and associated consultations are complete. Further amendments will build off of the changes published in the updated Fertilizers Regulations.
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