T-4-124 - Export certificates under the Fertilizers Act

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1. Purpose

The purpose of this document is to outline the information requirements for obtaining an export certificate for fertilizers and supplements intended for export and labelled accordingly and describe the process for reviewing the submissions.

2. Scope

Export certificates certify that the product met the Canadian regulatory requirements with respect to product safety and identity, but does not confirm compliance with the labelling requirements prescribed in the Fertilizers Act and Regulations as labelling requirements may vary significantly between countries. Export certificates are issued to support and facilitate export of products from Canada but are not a mandatory requirement to export product out of Canada. This service is provided on request from the applicant in order to facilitate and support foreign market access for Canadian fertilizers and supplements.

Possession of an export certificate does not exempt a product from registration (if applicable) or marketplace monitoring if, and when, the product is sold in the Canadian marketplace. Non-compliant products when found in the marketplace may be subject to enforcement actions including product detention and, in cases of repeated or severe contraventions, prosecution. Furthermore, contravention of the Fertilizers Act and Regulations invalidates the export certificate.

As new regulations and/or policies are developed, the acceptability of the product under the Fertilizers Act and Regulations may change. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer/distributor/retailer to ensure that the product continues to meet the requirements of the Fertilizers Act and Regulations and associated policies. Furthermore, CFIA's export certificate does not exempt the product from the applicable provincial and/or municipal regulations and requirements if and when the product is sold in Canada.

The review of the information provided in support of an export certificate does not involve consideration of the requirements (regulatory or otherwise) of the importing country. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that requirements of the destination country are complied with prior to exportation.

3. Eligibility

Products eligible for export certification include:

  1. Products comprised of single materials that are listed in Schedule II of the Fertilizers Regulations and that meet the definition and specification criteria prescribed in the Schedule;
  2. Products that are otherwise exempt from registration and;
  3. Products that are currently registered under the Fertilizers Act.

4. Conditions and limitations

  • The export certificate applies ONLY to the product for which a submission was received.
  • The assessment is based on the information provided by the applicant/product proponent during the review of the submission.
  • Any changes made to the ingredients in the final product and/or their sources or the manufacturing process will invalidate the certificate.
  • The review of the safety and identity information does NOT include a comprehensive label review or verification of the quality or performance of the product as the latter lie outside the mandate of the CFIA and the Fertilizers Act and Regulations
  • Additional analysis may be requested at varying intervals to ensure certificate remains valid
  • The certificate is valid for one year

5. Information Requirements

In order to receive an export certificate, the submission must demonstrate that the product met the Canadian requirements with respect to the safety and identity of the product when it is used according to directions. As such, only the portions of the label that impact the safe and sustainable use of the product (e.g. directions for use, precautionary statements and/or instructions for use of personal protective equipment) are considered as part of the evaluation. The following information is required to enable the review in support of issuing an export certificate:

  • Cover letter;
  • A complete list of all constituent materials (including the active ingredients and inert formulants), their sources and origin and proportions in the final product (CAS # should be included if available);
  • Detailed description of the method of manufacture including all applicable quality control and quality assurance methods used;
  • Results of analyses for contaminants of concern may include metals, indicator organisms, and/or dioxins and furans (for further guidance on what results of analysis are required per product type are listed in Appendix 1 below); for applicable limits for metals, indicator organisms and dioxins and furans please consult Appendix 3 of the Guide to Submitting Applications for Registration Under the Fertilizers Act
  • Results of analysis demonstrating the identity of the product (e.g. nutrient content analysis)
  • Copy of the proposed label (directions for use, precautionary statements, protective equipment, etc).

Please note that submission of results of analysis at certain intervals during the period when the certificate is valid may be required.

6. Review process and Service Delivery Standards

Please direct all submissions for export certificate to:

Pre-market Application Submissions Office

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9

  • E-mail: paso-bpdpm@inspection.gc.ca
  • Phone: 1-855-212-7695
  • Fax: 613-773-7115

A submission control number will be assigned to the file and an acknowledgement email will be sent to the applicant within 5 working days of the receipt. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure that their submissions are complete and well organized – it is recommended to follow the same format as for the registration applications described in the Guide to Submitting Applications for Registration Under the Fertilizers Act.

Furthermore, if deficiencies or data gaps are identified – it is important that the applicant(s) respond quickly and comprehensively – otherwise the file will be closed and returned to the applicant (on request). There are currently no service delivery standards associated with the review of applications for export certificates. Nevertheless, the CFIA appreciates the importance of timely review and issuance of the certificates.

The timelines will also depend on the extent of the review that is required; for example products that are currently registered for sale in Canada will not require a substantive review as the safety and identity information would have already been evaluated during registration.

7. Fees

There are currently no fees in the CFIA User Fees Notice applicable to this service and so the service will be provided free of charge. However, the CFIA is in the process of reviewing its Fee Structure for all commodities and services and it is anticipated that issuing export certificates for fertilizers and supplements will be subject to cost recovery in the future.

8. Contact

Fertilizer Safety Section
c/o Pre-market Application Submissions Office (PASO)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Phone: 1-855-212-7695
Fax: 613-773-7115
Email: paso-bpdpm@inspection.gc.ca

Appendix 1

Class 1: Nitrogen Products
Metals Dioxins and Furans Indicator Organisms
1.1 Ammonium nitrate Check
1.2 Ammonium sulphate Check
1.3 Ammonium sulphate-nitrate Check
1.4 Anhydrous ammonia Check
1.5 Calcium nitrate or nitrate of lime Check
1.6 Sodium nitrate or nitrate of soda Check
1.7 Sodium and potassium nitrate or nitrate of soda and potash Check
1.8 Nitrogen solutions (non-pressurized) Check
1.9 Nitrogen solutions (pressurized) Check
1.10 Aqua ammonia or ammonia liquor Check
1.11 Blood meal Check Check
1.12 Cyanamide Check
1.13 Fish meal or fish scrap Check Check Check
1.14 Garbage tankage Check Check
1.15 Hoof and horn meal Check Check
1.16 Manure Check Check
1.17 Paunch manure Check Check
1.18 Composted manure Check Check
1.19 Processed sewage Check Check Check
1.20 Tankage Check Check
1.21 Urea Check
1.22 Urea-formaldehyde Check
1.23 Urea-form Check
1.24 Isobutylidene diurea or I.B.D.U. Check
1.25 Ammonium thiosulphate Check
1.26 Dimethylenetriurea or DMTU Check
1.27 Hydrolysed feather meal Check
1.28 Methylenediurea or MDU Check
1.29 Soybean meal Check Check
1.30 Sulphur coated urea Check
1.31 Triazone Check
1.32 Urea-triazone solution Check
Class 2: Phosphorus Products
Metals Dioxins and Furans Indicator Organisms
2.1 Ammoniated superphosphate Check
2.2 Ammonia phosphate Check
2.3 Ammonium phosphate-sulphate Check
2.4 Basic slag Check Check
2.5 Blood and Bone meal Check Check
2.6 Dicalcium phosphate Check
2.7 Natural rock phosphate Check
2.8 Superphosphate Check
2.9 Acidulated bone Check Check
2.10 Bone meal Check Check
2.11 Precipitated phosphate Check
Class 3: Potassium Products
Metals Dioxins and Furans Indicator Organisms
3.1 Muriate of potassium Check
3.2 Nitrate of potash or potassium nitrate Check
3.3 Potash manure salts Check
3.4 Sulphate of potash Check
3.5 Sulphate of potash-magnesia Check
3.6 Double sulphate of potash and magnesia or langbeinite Check
Class 4: Calcium, Magnesium and Sulphur Products
Metals Dioxins and Furans Indicator Organisms
4.1 Gypsum, landplaster or crude calcium sulphate Check
4.2 Magnesium sulphate Check
Class 5: Supplement
Metals Dioxins and Furans Indicator Organisms
5.1 Compost Check Check
5.2 Perlite Check
5.3 Vermiculite Check
5.4 Humus or leaf mould Check Check
5.5 Peat Check Check
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