Canada – Health Canada clarifies Minister of Health’s product safety enforcement powers

Health Canada (HC) published an updated guidance document, Amendments to the Food and Drugs Act: Guide to New Authorities, highlighting the new powers given to the Canadian Minister of Health to require medical device license holders to perform assessments, tests, or studies on their products. As with the recently amended regulations for post-market surveillance in the country, these powers derive from the stronger safety measures introduced to the drug and medical device sectors in 2014 by Vanessa’s Law