Streamlining the Seeds Regulations for Soybean and Forage Varieties

Streamlining the Seeds Regulations for Soybean and Forage Varieties 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/13 -- The Government of
Canada is committed to protecting Canada's plant resource base from
pests and diseases. 
That is why the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking
comments on proposed amendments to the Seeds Regulations, which will
be published in Canada Gazette, Part 1, on March 9, 2013.  
Through extensive industry consultation, the Agency is proposing to
streamline registration requirements for oilseed soybean and forage
The proposed amendments will lower costs and time delays and allow
for faster commercialization of new varieties for farmers by removing
the pre-registration testing and merit assessment requirements. These
changes would reduce the monetary and regulatory burden on industry
and small businesses and encourage investments in the development of
new varieties.  
The proposed amendments would also remove the option to suspend the
registration of a variety. Registrations that have been previously
suspended would now be cancelled and may be reinstated by the
Registrar when the reason(s) for the cancellation expire. 
The proposed changes do not affect food safety or plant protection.  
The proposed amendments demonstrate the CFIA's commitment to address
specific needs of different crop sectors by adapting to changes that
have taken place in the seed industry.  
The comment period will run until May 23, 2013. For additional
information on the proposed amendments, visit:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Media relations: (613) 773-6600
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