Temporary Market Authorization
A Temporary Market Authorization (TMA) is issued for foods that fail to meet the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations (FDR). The purpose of TMA is to allow marketing of food so that specific data can be gathered and evaluated by Health Canada with the ultimate goal of finalizing an amendment to the FDR.
Products that may require a TMA are foods and beverages supplemented with minerals, vitamins or other bioactive ingredients (for example, the addition of Omega-3 in orange juice). On a successful TMA submission, a Temporary Marketing Authorization License (TMAL) is issued by Health Canada, signifying official approval.