Framework for Implementing and Maintaining the Arrangement between the CFIA and the USDA for the Recognition of Foreign Animal Disease Control and Eradication Zones
Appendix 1: Zoning Arrangement

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Arrangement between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture for the Recognition of Foreign Animal Disease Control and Eradication Zones

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture, hereinafter referred to as the "Participants",

Wishing, in order to prevent or minimize the risk of introduction of highly contagious Foreign Animal Diseases (FAD) into the territories of their countries and to minimize disruption of trade, to conclude an Arrangement for recognition of FAD control and eradication zones,

Considering that such arrangement is supported by reciprocal evaluations of Canada and the United States which concluded that each country has sufficient veterinary infrastructure and emergency response capacity to contain and eradicate an FAD outbreak via zoning,

Have come to the following understanding:

1. Objective

The objective of this Arrangement is to establish parameters whereby the Participants recognize each other's zoning decisions in the event of a highly contagious FAD outbreak in either or both countries.

2. General Guidelines

  1. In the event of a highly contagious FAD outbreak in either or both countries, each Participant intends to accept the decisions of the other Participant to establish, maintain, or release a disease control and eradication zone.
  2. The Participant whose country is affected by the outbreak should ensure an appropriate standstill of movement of animals and other commodities and adopt a stamping-out policy or another effective control strategy aimed at minimizing the duration of the FAD outbreak.
  3. The Participant whose country is affected by the outbreak should provide a written description of the disease control and eradication zone(s) to the other Participant, in particular the zone boundaries, and provide additional information on specific control and eradication measures upon request.
  4. The Participants understand that continuation or resumption of trade with areas of the affected country located outside of the disease control and eradication zone(s) should be contingent upon provision of relevant epidemiological information and may be subject to additional testing and/or certification requirements.
  5. The Participants intend to establish a guidance framework for implementation, including high-level processes to ensure bilateral communication of changes to veterinary infrastructure and FAD response measures that could impact this Arrangement.

3. Final Dispositions

  1. This Arrangement is intended to take effect on the date of its last signature by the Participants and to remain in effect for 5 years. It should automatically be extended for another 5 years unless a Participant gives written notice to the other its intent to cease its activities under this Arrangement.
  2. Either Participant may cease its activities under this Arrangement at any time by giving a written notice to the other Participant.
  3. The Participants may amend this Arrangement by mutual consent in writing.

Signed in duplicate at Greensboro, N.C. U.S.A on this 22nd day of October 2012, in the English and French languages, each version being equally valid.

For the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency
Dr. Francine Lord

For the United States
Department of Agriculture
Dr. John Clifford

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