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Guidelines to Completing the Fertilizer or Supplement Registration Application Form


This document was created to assist registrants/applicants to thoroughly and accurately complete the Fertilizer or Supplement Registration Application form. As a legal document, the form is required to be completed in its entirety. The Fertilizer Section of the Plant Production Division reserves the right to return a Fertilizer or Supplement Registration Application to the applicant if the form is deemed incomplete, or if the information provided does not exactly match the information stated on the accompanying label.

Product Type (mandatory)

Supplement Registration: box must be selected if registering a substance or a mixture of substances, other than a fertilizer, that is manufactured, sold or represented for use in the improvement of the physical condition of soils or to aid plant growth or crop yields. If supplement claims are made on the label, the product will be considered a registerable supplement. Registerable supplements can be chemical in nature (plant growth regulators, wetting agents) or microbial (contain viable microorganisms).

For more information on the regulatory requirements for supplements please refer to the following supplement-related trade memoranda T-4-94, T-4-103, T-4-107, T-4-108, T-4-109 and/or T-4-110.

Specialty Fertilizer (Micronutrient): Registration box must be selected if registering a:

micronutrient fertilizer (containing boron (B), chloride (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) and/or zinc (Zn) but not containing nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) or potassium (K).

Refer to Registration Guide: Micronutrient Fertilizers for information on the registration of micronutrient fertilizers.

Fertilizer-Pesticide: Registration box must be selected if registering a fertilizer containing a pesticide listed in the Compendium of Fertilizer-Use Pesticides (CFUP). If pesticide or disease resistance claims are made on the label, and the pesticide is not listed in the CFUP, approval and/or registration from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) may be required.

Refer to Registration Guide: Specialty Fertilizers and Pre-Packaged Farm Fertilizers Containing a Pesticide and Trade Memorandum T-4-102 for information on registration requirements and exemptions for fertilizer-pesticides.

Low Analysis Farm Fertilizer: Registration box must be selected if registering a:

low analysis farm fertilizer (farm fertilizer with <24% NPK combined or with <18% NPK combined with at least 50% vegetable or animal origin and 25% water-insoluble nitrogen)

Brand Name (if applicable)

Brand refers to any distinctive mark or trade name, other than the name and grade required by the Fertilizer Regulations, that is applied by the manufacturer, registrant or vendor to distinguish the fertilizer or supplement from any other product. The brand must be identical to the brand name found on the marketplace label. If the brand name is bilingual on the label (appears differently in French and English), both the French and English wording must be included on the registration form.

Name and/or Grade (mandatory)

The name should be identical to the product name found on the marketplace label. If the product name is bilingual on the label (appears differently in French and English), both the French and English wording of the name must be included on the registration form.

The product name must include the following:

grade (for registerable products represented to contain any of the major nutrients N, P and/or K, e.g. 10-0-20). In the case of mixed fertilizers the numerals must be in whole numbers only;

percentage and name of the micronutrient, pesticide or plant growth regulators guaranteed. The terms “with micronutrients”, “micronutrient mix”, etc. are also acceptable if two or more micronutrients are present.

Constituent Materials (mandatory)

Include a complete list of ingredients used in the production of the end product including active and inert ingredients such as formulants and carriers. If registering a fertilizer-pesticide, all Pest Control Product (PCP) registration numbers must be included in this section. If an ‘Ingredients' section is found on the label, it must match the list of ingredients on the registration form.

Other Qualities (mandatory)

Include the physical characteristics of the product (e.g. liquid, granular,etc.) and a complete description of the manufacturing process. Reference may be made to attached documentation (e.g. MSDS, separate sheet with full method of manufacture, etc.) by including the text “see attached method of manufacture” or “refer to attached MSDS”. If unchanged from previous re-registration, “refer to product file” is acceptable.

Guaranteed Analysis (mandatory)

Enter the percentage of each plant nutrient, pesticide and/or supplement active ingredient (if microbial, number per gram of product) found in the Guaranteed Analysis section of the product label. The minimum amount of organic matter, maximum moisture content and minimum amount of chelating agent must be included in this section, if applicable. Note: For supplement products, the method of analysis for the active ingredient(s) must be included in the submission package.

Name and Address of Manufacturer (mandatory)

A manufacturer is considered to be the company or individual who produces the final product. The manufacturers name and full postal address found on the registration form must be exactly the same as the name and address of the manufacturer found on the marketplace label (if applicable). Note that all manufacturing sites must be included. Therefore, reference can be made to attached documentation by including a statement such as “refer to attached list of manufacturing sites”.

Name and Address of Applicant (Registrant) (mandatory)

An applicant (registrant) is a person who makes an application for registration or who has been issued a certificate of registration under the Fertilizers Act and Regulations. The applicant's name and full address found on the registration form must match the name and address of the applicant on the marketplace label (if applicable). If the name and address of the applicant is the same as the manufacturers name and address, it is acceptable to enter “same as manufacturer”.

Which Name Will Appear on the Label? (mandatory)

Check the "registrant" or "manufacturer" box to match what appears on the label. Please note that information that appears on the label of a registered product must be the same as the information on the certificate of registration.

Signature of Authorized Representative (mandatory)

Within this section, a clearly printed name and the accompanying signature of an authorized representative is necessary in order to proceed with the registration of a product. A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or individual must provide the Fertilizer Section with a letter authorizing individuals to sign fertilizer registrations on behalf of the company. The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that all applications are legitimate. For more information on signing authority, please refer to trade memorandum T-4-95.

Name, Address and Signature of Resident Agent if Applicant is Not Resident in Canada (if applicable)

It is not mandatory that a registrant/applicant resides in Canada. However, as stated in the Fertilizer Regulations, if the applicant does not reside in Canada, the fertilizer or supplement is not eligible for registration unless the application is signed by an agent of the applicant who is a permanent resident in Canada and to whom any notice or correspondence under the Fertilizer Act may be sent. A declaration form (Schedule IV) must accompany the application for registration or be present in the CFIA's company file and the application form must be signed by this authorized representative.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Plant Health and Biosecurity Directorate
Crop Inputs Division
Fertilizer Section
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y9
Canada
Telephone: 613-773-7189
Facsimile: 613-773-7163