Health Canada published clarifications to the Guidance Document: Data Protection under C.08.004.1 of the Food and Drug Regulations. The amendments indicate that "the prior approval of a medicinal ingredient in a drug for veterinary use does not preclude the granting of data protection to a drug for human use containing the identical medicinal ingredient or a variation thereof." The converse is also true.

The Review of Federal Support to R&D entitled Innovation Canada: A Call to Action – Expert Panel Report was released October 17, 2011.