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Competent National Authority
Record information and status
Record ID
7328
Status
Published
Date of creation
2005-02-07 15:44 UTC (marcus.ballinger@ec.gc.ca)
Date of last update
2017-09-19 14:41 UTC (kenneth.ellens@inspection.gc.ca)
Date of publication
2017-09-19 14:41 UTC (kenneth.ellens@inspection.gc.ca)

General information
Country
  • Canada
Name of the Competent National Authority
Plant Biosafety Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Coordinates
Coordinates
Plant Biosafety Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Canada
Phone:+1 613 773-2342
Fax:+1 613 773-7565
Email:pbo@inspection.gc.ca
Url:http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/bio/pbobbve.shtml
Regulatory function
Administrative functions
  • Capacity Building
  • Competent National Authorities and National Focal Points
  • Confidential Information
  • Contained use
  • Information Sharing
  • Public awareness and participation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Transboundary movement (import/export)
Detailed description of the regulatory functions
The Plant Biosafety Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the Canadian regulatory authority responsible for environmental safety assessments of plants with novel traits (PNTs), including living modified organisms (LMOs) as defined by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, intended for release into the environment, such as food crops, trees, and horticultural plants.

A plant is considered to be a PNT if:

it exhibits characteristics that were not previously observed in it;
it no longer exhibits characteristics that were previously observed in it; or
one or more characteristics of the plant no longer fall within the anticipated range for the plant.

All animate products of biotechnology, including LMOs, must be notified to the appropriate Canadian regulatory authority and assessed for their potential to harm the environment prior to their import, manufacture or sale in Canada. For more information on the Canadian regulatory framework for new substances, of which LMOs are a subset, please follow the link below to the Government of Canada fact sheet entitled Regulatory Roadmap for New Substances in Canada.

https://www.ec.gc.ca/subsnouvelles-newsubs/25166DE1-D27B-45AA-8B88-C2B8DF97B1C9/Factsheet%20-%20EN.pdf
Types of LMOs under its jurisdiction
  • Plants
Additional contact information
Contact person
PBO
Plant Biosafety Office
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
Canada
Phone:+1 613 773-2342
Fax:+1 613 773-7565
Email:pbo@inspection.gc.ca
Url:http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/bio/pbobbve.shtml

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