Fertilizer regulations (CFIA) – Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) – Fertilizer Safety Section regulates fertilizers and supplements (substances other than fertilizers that improve the physical condition of soil or plant growth) under the Fertilizers Act

The Fertilizers Act Canada requires that all regulated fertilizer and supplement products be properly labeled, effective and safe for humans, plants, animals and the environment. All fertilizers and supplements that are imported and/or sold in Canada are regulated by CFIA, which works together with provinces and municipalities to ensure that all products meet the highest standards of safety.

Some fertilizers and most supplements are subject to registration and require a comprehensive pre-market assessment prior to their import and/or sale in Canada. CFIA’s pre-market assessment consists of a detailed evaluation of product safety information and labeling. Products that are exempt from registration are still subject to regulation and must meet all the necessary standards at the time of sale or import.

TSG can help

Our team of regulatory and scientific experts can assist with all aspects of complying with Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations. We can:

  • Develop and review labels
  • Conduct pre-market assessments
  • Prepare and submit registration applications
  • Act as a Canadian agent for foreign companies

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TSG provides companies with high-quality regulatory and scientific consulting services. We aim to understand our clients' goals and objectives, learn the scientific and technical aspects of projects and anticipate compliance challenges to plan a strategic path forward. TSG's team of experts is deadline-focused, responsive and committed to professionalism. We have the utmost respect for the confidentiality of our work, strong project management skills, and take great measure to cultivate long-term partnerships with clients.

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TSG’s regulatory and scientific specialists are experienced in preparing registrations for fertilizer and supplement companies selling their products in Canada. 

Useful information

Some fertilizers and most supplements require a comprehensive pre-market assessment prior to their import and/or sale in Canada to ensure that they are safe for humans, plants, animals, and the environment. At TSG, our scientific experts can undertake a review of the relevant safety assessments, examining all ingredients in the product, to ensure there are no delays to processing registration applications.

Foreign companies importing fertilizers and supplements into Canada are required to identify a Canadian resident agent on application forms. This provides the corporation with local representation in order to receive the service of documents, as well as deal with administrative matters locally. TSG’s Canadian office acts as the registered agent for many clients, providing strategic advice and guidance in addition to the registered office address.

All products require a review against the current Canadian regulations and that review is what will determine whether a pre-market assessment is required by the agency or not.

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