Biotech Updates

Health Canada Issues Gene Editing Guidelines, Encourages Transparency

May 25, 2022

Health Canada released the much-awaited clarification on the regulation of plant breeding innovations, including gene editing. The new policy is based on public consultations held in 2021.

On May 18, 2022, Health Canada published the new guidance indicating that gene-edited crops that meet the categories set for food that is not considered novel food can be treated like conventional crops, and would not be required to go through the pre-market safety evaluation applied for genetically engineered crops.

Health Canada also introduced a voluntary transparency initiative (TI) process for gene-edited plants developed for food use and are not novel foods. The process encourages developers to provide concise information about the product, which will be published online by Health Canada for public access.

Read the news guidelines and the TI process released by Health Canada.

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