The CAHI has sent a pre-budget submission to federal government officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, the Parliamentary Secretary, and staff at the Department of Finance.
Our four (4) recommendations were as follows, and will inform the Department of Finance's work to prepare Canada's Budget 2021.
- Recommendation 1: That the government adopt a risk-based approach to Good Manufacturing Practices requirements for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and shorten the 250-day service delivery standard for Drug Establishment Licencing activities by Health Canada’s Regulatory Operations and Enforcement Branch to ensure that Canada’s animal health market becomes more resilient and competitive.
- Recommendation 2: That the government revise Health Canada’s planned increases to veterinary drug service fees by applying the operational lessons learned during COVID-19 to reduce costs and identify more efficient, cost-effective means of delivering an appropriate level of regulatory oversight for veterinary drugs in Canada.
- Recommendation 3: That the government develop a formal Minor Use, Minor Species (MUMS) program for veterinary drugs and invest $5 million over three years to improve access to drugs for important minor species (e.g. fish, sheep, goats, etc.).
- Recommendation 4: That the government contribute $250,000/year in funding to Canadian global Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (CgFARADTM) to ensure the safety of Canada’s food supply, while protecting our reputation with international trading partners and export markets.