Health Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to modernize the regulations for foods for special dietary use and infant foods, regulated under Divisions 24 and 25 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR). These comments will be used to inform the development of regulations for these foods.

In particular, Health Canada is looking for input on:
  • the proposed modernized framework
  • the proposed requirements for infant formula, prepackaged human milk, medical foods, conventional infant foods, gluten-free foods, formulated nutritional foods and foods for use in weight reduction diets
  • the proposal for shortage provisions applicable to all foods for a special dietary purpose
The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) is establishing a process to allow its members an opportunity to provide input on this modernization proposal via this survey. The input shared will be reviewed and considered as CNS submits a formal response to Health Canada on this consultation opportunity. Relevant input may also be shared at a stakeholder meeting that CNS is planning for spring 2024 in collaboration with the Program for Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs (NSERC-PFSNRA).

To assist in preparing the CNS consultation response,  a small Working Group to assist with reviewing the input and guiding a formal CNS response may  be formed. Respondents will also be able to indicate their interest in participating on the Working Group if one is formed.

IMPORTANT: All individuals who complete this survey and would like their input considered in a formal CNS response are required to identify themselves and provide any disclosures. For transparency, CNS will include the names and affiliations of all participants and their disclosures in our final response to Health Canada.
In sharing your response via this survey, please ensure the following:
  • You have reviewed the proposal in full
  • Your input is based on sound evidence (when possible). This will be an important criteria in preparing the CNS response.
  • Provide references where possible.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey tool.
This survey will close on January 11, 2024 at 11:59 ET.