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June 26, 2014

Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations

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Public Health Agency of Canada published in the June 21, 2014 edition of Canada Gazette 1, Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR).

The HPTR would enable the Government of Canada to authorize a range of controlled activities involving human pathogens and toxins through licensing and security clearances. In general, the proposed Regulations are intended to:

  1. improve federal oversight of activities involving human pathogens and toxins in Canada;
  2. establish national requirements for safe and secure handling of human pathogens and toxins;
  3. provide assurance that individuals with access to a prescribed list of security-sensitive human pathogens and toxins have an appropriate security clearance; and
  4. maintain a risk-based approach to this oversight through exemptions for lower-risk activities which pose less of a threat to public health and safety and that are in the public interest.

Comments accepted for 75 days after publication on the proposed regulations. All input received through Canada Gazette Part I will be carefully considered before the final regulations are posted in Canada Gazette Part II which is targeted for winter 2015.



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