(2003), "Canada. Public consultations on a proposal for a new Canada Health Protection Act", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 16 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijhcqa.2003.06216fab.012Download as .RIS
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Canada. Public consultations on a proposal for a new Canada Health Protection Act
Public consultations on a proposal for a new Canada Health Protection Act
Keywords: Improvement of laws, Public involvement, Health in Canada
Health Canada is to launch public consultations on the elements of a proposed new Canada Health Protection Act. The proposed new Act would replace four existing statutes: the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Quarantine Act and the Radiation Emitting Devices Act.
The objective of this initiative, which was announced in last autumn's "Speech from the throne", is to strengthen and improve current federal health protection laws, integrating them into a comprehensive regime to better protect the health and safety of Canadians. The consultations will give Canadians the opportunity to participate in discussions on legislative renewal proposals before a new Bill is drafted.
The Honourable Anne McLellan, Minister of Health, said: "Public consultation is a cornerstone of ensuring that federal health protection programs deserve public confidence. This important initiative goes to the core of Health Canada's responsibilities."
This is the second phase of public consultation on health protection legislation. In the autumn of 1998, national consultations were held to identify issues that the new legislation should address. This round of national consultations will be based on two documents released in the summer: Health and Safety First and Health Protection Legislative Renewal – A Detailed Proposal.
Further information: The two papers, Health and Safety First and Health Protection Legislative Renewal – A Detailed Proposal and information about the public consultations can be found at: http://renewal.hc-sc.gc.ca