The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health is empowered to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada. This includes its responsibilities for the operations of the internal body called the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). The Committee is also responsible for the oversight of four agencies that report to Parliament through the Minister of Health. A fifth agency, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC), will cease to exist as of March 2013. The four agencies are:
The mandate of the Standing Committee on Health also includes reviewing and reporting on matters referred to it by Orders of Reference from the House of Commons relating to Health Canada and its associated agencies such as health related bills, estimates of Health Canada and all associated agencies, study of reports tabled in Parliament that relate to health, and examination of the qualifications and competences of Order in Council Appointees.
The Standing Committee on Health studies matters referred to it by the House of Commons or topics the Committee itself chooses to examine. It holds public meetings and considers evidence from witnesses. At the end of a study, the Committee usually reports on its findings and makes recommendations. The Committee may request a Government response within 120 days of the tabling of the report.