Framework for Implementing and Maintaining the Arrangement between the CFIA and the USDA for the Recognition of Foreign Animal Disease Control and Eradication Zones
Part II - Maintaining the Arrangement

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Maintaining the Arrangement requires both a governance structure designed to keep the Arrangement and underlying evaluations current over time and ongoing projects and other activities designed to foster credibility of the Arrangement among all stakeholders.

1. Governance

1.1 Steering Committee

A Steering Committee will have primary responsibility for preserving the concept and intent of the Arrangement and promoting the engagement and active participation of stakeholders in its implementation. The Steering Committee will be composed of senior-level representatives of APHIS and CFIA and will have the authority and responsibility to approve resources for use under this Framework, oversee the Working Group, and make determinations regarding Working Group recommendations on projects, the Arrangement, this Framework, and other matters.

Proposed Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee are provided in Appendix 5.

1.2 Working Group

A Working Group will have primary responsibility for reaching out to other stakeholders, primarily through a series of projects, to cooperatively develop the means and mindset to effectively implement the Arrangement, in advance of an HCFAD outbreak. The Working Group will be responsible for keeping the document supporting the Arrangement current, including this Framework, the evaluations, and the Arrangement itself.

The Working Group will be composed of individuals from CFIA and APHIS who have appropriate and complementary professional, technical, or specialist skills. This includes, but is not limited to, subject matter experts in regionalization, emergency preparedness and response, import/export, and other disciplines as required.

Proposed Terms of Reference for the Working Group are provided in Appendix 6.

2. Projects

In the context of this Framework, a project is a specific activity, plan, or task in support of emergency preparedness, led by the Working Group to foster credibility and facilitate implementation of the Arrangement. The Working Group will identify projects in consultation with other stakeholders (see Part III), taking into account existing venues and opportunities (joint training, cross-border exercises, etc.).

Other stakeholders are encouraged to conduct their own activities in support of zoning recognition, coordinating and collaborating with the Working Group as appropriate.

Current, proposed, and completed Working Group projects are listed in Appendix 7.

3. Resource Considerations

Projects conducted under this Framework will require commitment and dedication of resources by both Canada and the United States in order to be successful. This Framework does not impose specific resource obligations on either country; however, each country will be responsible for the costs incurred in each party's interest related to the support of the Arrangement. In addition, completion of projects is contingent on resource availability.

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