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Competent National Authority (CNA)

published: 07 Feb 2005 last updated: 27 Apr 2020
General information
Plant Biosafety Office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa,
Ontario K1A 0Y9
,
Canada
  • +1 613 773-2342
  • +1 613 773-7565
Additional Contact Information
- Person: PBO | BCH-CON-CA-100536-4
Person
PBO
, Plant Biosafety Office
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
, Canada
Phone: +1 613 773-2342,
Fax: +1 613 773-7565,
Related Organization
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Government agency (National/Federal)
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
, Canada
Phone: +1 613 773-2342,
Fax: +1 613 773-7565,
Responsibilities
No
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
Additional Information
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Record type Field Record(s)
Country's Decision or any other Communication Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication 81
Risk Assessment generated by a regulatory process Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment 88
Biosafety Law, Regulation, Guidelines and Agreements Competent National Authority (CNA) responsible for performing the administrative functions required by the Cartagena Protocol and/or competent authority (SPCA) under the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress. 7