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U.S., Canada Continue to Push for Regulatory Harmonization in the Life Sciences

September 23, 2014

U.S. and Canadian regulators are continuing to work together to harmonize the way in which they regulate pharmaceuticals, biologics, over-the-counter drugs, medical devices and veterinary products.

Efforts come from a 2012 regulatory initiative known as the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), whose stated goal is to increase regulatory cooperation between both countries with the hope of eliminating economic barriers to doing business in either country.

The federal agencies will work with their cross-border counterparts to produce, within six months, public statements explaining how they'll work with industry, and each other, to simplify regulations for businesses operating in both countries.

On the occupational health and safety front, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Health Canada will work together to coordinate the adoption of future updates of the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Workplace Chemicals (GHS) to facilitate common approaches and synchronized implementation.

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