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Guidance to exporters: The REGAL (Recognition of Export Grain Analysis by Authorized Laboratories) Program

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Effective date: February 23, 2018

Introduction

Canadian grain and grain products are in demand and trusted around the world. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for certifying that Canadian grain exports comply with the phytosanitary requirements of importing countries.

Grain exports have been increasing and are expected to continue to grow. The CFIA has implemented a new program, known as the REGAL (Recognition of Export Grain Analysis by Authorized Laboratories) program, to accommodate this.

The REGAL program provides exporters the option of having their shipments to certain countries tested for weed seeds, soil and/or live insects by authorized private laboratories. This will provide more choices for service so they can access and serve international markets. Phytosanitary certificates will continue to be issued by the CFIA.

Under the REGAL program, the CFIA will:

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General requirements for exporters under the REGAL Program

1. Approved samplers

a) Container or railcar shipments

b) Bulk vessel shipments

2. Sampling

a) Container or railcar shipments

b) Bulk vessel shipments

3. Testing by a REGAL authorized laboratory

a) Container or railcar shipments

b) Bulk vessel shipments

4. Confirmatory testing for container or railcar and bulk vessel shipments

5. Samples where soil, weed seeds or live insects are detected by the laboratory for container, railcar, and bulk vessel shipments

6. Application for a phytosanitary certificate for containerized shipments and bulk vessel shipments

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