Fish Import Program Policy

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1. Purpose

The purpose of the fish import program policy is to define the intent and objectives of the Fish Inspection Act and Regulations and the approach taken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to enforce the applicable regulations as they relate to the importation of fish and seafood products into Canada.

2. Authority

This regulatory policy is issued under the authorities of the Fish Inspection Act and the Fish Inspection Regulations.

3. Scope

This policy applies to all individuals or corporations importing fish and seafood products into Canada for commercial purposes as food for human consumption. This policy applies to the CFIA and its authorized representatives or agents, who are involved in the administration and enforcement of the Fish Inspection Act and the Fish Inspection Regulations.

4. Policy Statement

The objective of the Fish Inspection Act and Regulations is to provide reasonable assurances that fish and seafood products imported into Canada for commercial purposes as food for human consumption are safe and meet regulatory requirements.

To achieve this, the CFIA is committed to a fair, open, transparent and consistent regulatory approach in the development, implementation and continuous improvements of a Canadian Fish Import Program.

5. Policy Requirements

5.1 Licensed importers are responsible for ensuring that they import fish and seafood products that meet all applicable regulatory requirements, including the regulations made under the authority of the Fish Inspection Act, the Food and Drugs Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act.

5.2 The CFIA verifies compliance to Canadian regulatory requirements and works with the competent authorities of Canada's major trading partners to provide reasonable assurances that imported products are safe and meet regulatory requirements.

5.3 The Canadian Fish Import Program incorporates a risk-based approach and provides importers with flexibility to demonstrate product compliance.

Document Type: Regulatory Policy / Status: Version 1
Date: April 1, 2009 / Review Date: March 31, 2010

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