Notice to seed laboratories - REGAL program: Alternative service delivery for testing of grain exports

Updated November 13, 2018 – The demand for laboratory testing to support phytosanitary certification has increased because of new trade markets and new import regulations related to plant pests and pest carriers. Canadian seed and grain industries have expressed a critical need to improve the time it takes to complete sample testing to obtain phytosanitary certification for export markets.

In order to provide better service, the CFIA authorized Canadian accredited seed laboratories and Canadian ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories to test grain export shipments for weed seed, percent soil and live insects. The program is the REGAL (Recognition of Export Grain Analysis by Authorized Laboratories) program. This option is modelled on the successful arrangement under which authorized laboratories test canary seed destined for Mexico.

  • This is to inform authorized laboratories that Vietnam has been added to the list of export countries.
  • Laboratories authorized by the CFIA will now be permitted to test grain shipments of all types of crops being exported to India, China, Mexico and Vietnam.

The CFIA will continue to authorize laboratories to test grain samples for export shipments to additional countries.

The Seed Laboratory Accreditation and Audit Protocol (Seed LAAP) outlines a long-standing CFIA-administered program whereby private laboratories carry out tests for seed certification. This program for the grain industry is consistent with other existing alternative service delivery arrangements under which laboratories provide testing services for a fee of their choice. The actual test required for phytosanitary certification, whether it is an analysis for weed seed, for live insects or of soil, is very similar to purity testing for seed certification. The CFIA has testing protocol and program documentation that defines the testing requirements for this program. Accredited Seed Labs or ISO/IEC 17025 laboratories that want to participate will be expected to implement testing protocol and program requirements.

The CFIA continues to oversee the REGAL program and to authorize laboratories to participate. The CFIA intends to use existing arrangements and programs to authorize laboratories, including proficiency testing. Laboratories interested in this are encouraged to contact the CFIA for more information.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the CFIA by email at cfia.ssts-ssts.acia@canada.ca.

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