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The consultation closed 2014-08-29

The Incorporation by Reference Policy is now available.

Incorporation of documents by reference is a drafting technique that brings the content of a document into a regulation, without the need to reproduce the document in the regulation itself. This is important as it allows the regulations to reflect modern science and new innovations.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is considering guiding principles in its approach for choosing the documents to be recommended for incorporation by reference, specifically under the new Safe Food for Canadians Act. The new Act provides explicit authority for the incorporation of any document, regardless of its source, into the regulations.

As such, the CFIA is seeking feedback from stakeholders on its "Incorporation by Reference" discussion document. The consultation will end on August 29, 2014.

This discussion document is intended to signal to stakeholders how the CFIA will choose documents to be recommended for incorporation by reference in regulations.

Some of the questions that should be considered:

  • Do the approaches proposed with respect to choosing the appropriate documents for incorporation seem appropriate?
  • Do the guiding principles proposed for keeping both internal and external documents up-to-date strike an appropriate balance between flexibility and responsiveness, and ability for stakeholders to provide input?

Interested parties may provide comments by email to Correspondence should clearly indicate "Incorporation by Reference" in the subject line.

The views you express may be considered when the CFIA finalizes its policy on Incorporation by Reference.

Thank you for your participation.

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