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Science and Research

Science Advisory Board

The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was created in 1997 to provide the Minister of Health with independent, expert, multi-disciplinary, and strategic advice on scientific programs, emerging health science issues and trends, and on scientific partnerships and linkages. Over the years, the operation of the SAB has been reviewed to ensure that it continues to function under its mandate and contributes to the Department's mission.

The SAB's current mandate is to provide the Deputy Minister, Associate Deputy Minister, regulatory Assistant Deputy Ministers, and other senior decision-makers with a forum for science-based discussions founded on independent, objective advice and guidance.

The SAB membership includes 6 external members and is chaired by the Deputy Minister. SAB meetings are held at least twice a year (fall and spring).

The Board is supported by a Secretariat located within the Science Policy Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch. The Secretariat provides support to the Board, and prepares the meeting agenda for approval by the Deputy Minister. It also coordinates the preparation of documents for the meetings, and prepares the meeting summaries and reports.

For more information on the Science Advisory Board and its work, please contact the Science Advisory Board Secretariat.

To access archived content please visit the Science Advisory Board archived pages.

If your inquiry involves general information, for example, Heath Canada's regulatory requirements for product registration please contact the general inquires office.