Guelph, Ontario – June 1, 2018 – On this day in 1968 the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) was created. Collectively our industry benefits human health by contributing to safe, affordable food and by keeping pets healthy. Our members provide the tools farmers, veterinarians and pet owners need to keep animals healthy and in good welfare.
“Fifty years ago, it was recognised by Canadian animal health companies that a formal association was needed to advocate on their behalf with veterinarians, animal owners and governments on common issues.” said Jean Szkotnicki, CAHI President. “Today, CAHI is a sounding board, spokesperson and a meeting place for our members which include over 60 companies and firms.”
“We’ve come a long way in 50 years thanks to the collaborative leadership of CAHI which advocates for a predictable, science and risk-based regulatory approach.” added Daniel Beauchamp, Chair of the CAHI Board of Directors. He went on to state CAHI’s work has resulted in veterinary drugs having their own Directorate within Health Canada and relationships with regulators that are collaborative and constructive. This has also led to a competitive Canadian marketplace for the benefit of Canadians and in support of trade and innovation.
CAHI’s values include ethical marketing through adherence to its Code of Marketing Practice. We advocate for the responsible use of medically important antibiotics. This has resulted in regulatory and policy changes by Health Canada to move medically important antibiotics to prescription status by December 1, 2018, to increase the oversight of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for veterinary use, and to end Own Use Importation of medically important antibiotics. We have voluntarily shared distribution data for antibiotics used in veterinary medicine with the Public Health Agency of Canada for over a decade and our members will voluntarily remove growth promotion claims from their medically important antibiotics by December 1st, 2018.
Important to CAHI’s future work will be building the trust our public has in the safety, quality and efficacy of our products. This is especially important as we have a growing urban and suburban population far removed from agriculture. CAHI will continue to advocate that a competitive regulatory approach be given to the products our members bring to the marketplace. We will strive to have common technical standards, product reviews and service fees with that of other countries which account for the great value animal health products to the Canadian market.
As the not-for-profit trade association representing the developers, manufacturers and distributors of animal pharmaceuticals, biologics, feed additives and animal pesticides in Canada, CAHI is the unified voice and information source for the animal health industry in Canada. CAHI is a national association, whose members are responsible for the sales of approximately 95% of the animal health product market in Canada. Sales by CAHI member companies in 2017 were approximately $805 million.