The Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) has developed a policy that promotes a more open and transparent system for regulating the safety and effectiveness of health products and food. It recognizes that input from citizens and stakeholders is an important source of evidence in regulatory decision making about benefits and risks.
HPFB's Review of Regulated Products: Policy on Public Input sets out standards to follow when the Branch seeks and considers public input. The policy also guides the Branch in how to manage information about a regulated product, including confidential business information, to support informed public participation in its decision-making processes.
Following positive feedback from stakeholders across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, the final policy and guidance documentsare now available.
The Health Products and Food Branch is also releasing a guidance specifically on its advisory bodies. HPFB's Guidance on Advisory Bodies sets out best practices and standards and will provide stakeholders with information on what to expect when the Branch seeks advice from an external advisory body.
The Policy on Public Input and the Guidance on Advisory Bodies are initiatives of the Blueprint for Renewal, a long-term policy framework that will modernize health products and food regulation in Canada to help meet the evolving needs of Canadians.
Through this Web site, HPFB will continue to report on the implementation of the policy in order to allow stakeholders and the public to stay informed and aware of opportunities for involvement.
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