Below are some of the more common acronyms used when discussing health regulations and policy in Canada.


CADTH   Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health

CDEC      CADTH Canadian Drug Expert Committee

CDR        CADTH Common Drug Review

CDIHR    Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CLHIA     Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

CMA        Canadian Medical Association

COF         Council of the Federation

CORD     Canadian Organization of Rare Disorders

CRA        Canada Revenue Agency

DPAC     CADTH Drug Policy Advisory Committee

HTAi       Health Technology Assessment international

NRC        National Research Council

pCODR   pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review

pCPA      pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance

pERC      Expert Review Committee

PHAC     Public Health Agency of Canada

PMPRB  Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

RDF        Rare Disease Foundation

Provincial Programs

AHCIP    Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

AHS        Alberta Health Services

CCO        Cancer Care Ontario

INESSS   Institut National d’Excellence en Sante et en Services Sociaux

MSP        Medical Services Plan (British Columbia)

NSHA     Nova Scotia Health Authority

NSO        Newborn Screening Ontario

OHIP+    Ontario Health Insurance Plan (≤ 25 years of age)

RAMQ    Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec