Saturday, July 5, 2014

CFIA centralizes applications

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has set up a central office to handle applications for registering feeds, veterinary biologics, fertilizers, genetically-modified or “novel” plants and new crop varieties.

It says this should improve consistency among the various registration bureaucracies.

It says nothing about offering applicants faster or better service.

Here’s exactly what the CFIA is saying:

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established a Pre-market Application Submissions Office (PASO).

“Stakeholders are now required to contact the PASO for processing applications for livestock feeds, Plant Breeder's Rights, fertilizers, variety registration, plants with novel traits, and veterinary biologics, or to follow up on the status of a previously submitted application.

“Centralizing the submission of applications will result in increased consistency and efficiency in the delivery and administration of pre-market application requests.”