Product Selection Process
How do products get on the formulary?
Submissions from manufacturers for categories of products that are new to the formulary must be approved by provincial and territorial ministries of health (excluding Quebec) and meet certain eligibility criteria before the submission is assessed by Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Once an assessment is completed, it is submitted for final approval by the ministries of health.
Submissions from manufacturers for new brands of products which fall under an already approved category are assessed by Canadian Blood Services through an open and competitive procurement process.
*An interim product selection process is in place as we work collaboratively with health ministries and CADTH toward a longer-term process. For more information, see the interim review process.