Regulates biotechnology-derived products, including novel plants, livestock feeds, fertilizers, and veterinary biologics. Through the Agency's safety assessment process, new agricultural products are evaluated for efficacy and for safety for animals, the environment and human handling.
Provided advice to the federal government on ethical, social, regulatory, economic, scientific, environmental and health aspects of biotechnology until 2007.
The Saskatoon Research Centre has an extensive program in crop breeding. It is the home of Plant Gene Resources of Canada, and is Canada's main repository of seeds and germplasm.