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Archive for February 2019

Considering Food Safety Certification? Check Out the New Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

On January 15, 2019, the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) went into effect and they apply to many businesses that export food across provincial or international borders. It’s an important milestone in food safety, and it’s meant to improve safety even further, while also adding in several other benefits to businesses. Let’s take a look at why the SFCR is important, why it’s being implemented, and what the changes mean for food businesses and your career. The SFCR Is Designed to Standardize Food Safety Regulations Previously, 14 sets of regulations governed the food industry, such as Meat Inspection.. READ MORE »

Want to Apply for a Cannabis Dispensary Licence? Increased Production Could Create New Opportunities

If you’ve been following Canada’s cannabis legalization, you might have heard about issues that stores have been having with shortages. In fact, you may even be considering applying for a cannabis dispensary licence but are waiting until these shortages subside before taking the leap. That hesitation is understandable, but the good news is that there is reason to believe that cannabis shortages may soon be a thing of the past. With companies ramping up production, new opportunities could become available. Increase in Production Capacity Could Help Address Supply Issues Legal cannabis is still a very new industry, so it’s not.. READ MORE »

What Students in Regulatory Affairs Courses Should Know About the USMCA Trade Deal

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a free trade deal recently signed between North America’s three largest countries. Once ratified, it will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and it has major implications for the pharmaceutical industry, especially in terms of intellectual property rights. In its current form, the USMCA could significantly change how pharmaceutical companies sell their products in Canada. Here’s what you need to know about the USMCA if you’re studying regulatory affairs. The USMCA Will Extend Patent Protections for Biologics to 10 Years The USMCA will extend the patent protection period for biologics—which are pharmaceutical.. READ MORE »

Want to Become a Cannabis Retailer? Here’s What to Know About the Municipal Opt-Out System

January 22, 2019 was a big day for retail cannabis in Ontario. That was the deadline for municipalities across the province to inform the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) whether they would opt in or out of allowing cannabis retail stores in their communities. For anyone who wants to become a cannabis retailer in Ontario, it is important to understand how the municipal opt-in/opt-out system works and what it means for the future of retail cannabis in the province. Opt-In Municipalities Offer a Welcoming Environment to Become a Cannabis Retailer The good news is that an overwhelming majority.. READ MORE »

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