Notice to industry - Updated - REGAL program: Alternative service delivery for testing of grain exports
November 13, 2018 - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting and promoting Canadian grain exports, which are expected to keep increasing. In order to provide industry with more options to access and serve international markets, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a program that allows exporters to have their grain shipments tested by authorized laboratories instead of inspected by the CFIA. This program is known as REGAL (Recognition of Export Grain Analysis by Authorized Laboratories) and builds on the successful arrangement for weed seed testing of canary seed exports to Mexico.
Participation in the REGAL program is voluntary and began in 2018.
These authorized laboratories will be Canadian and either accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 or authorized under the Seed Laboratory Accreditation and Audit Protocol (Seed LAAP) Program.
Under the REGAL program:
- Industry members exporting grain crops of all kinds to India, China, Mexico and Vietnam have the option to have their shipments tested by authorized laboratories.
- Authorized laboratories test grain shipments for weed seeds, soil and/or live insects as determined by the importing country.
- Exporters continue to be responsible for submitting a request to the CFIA for a phytosanitary certificate at least 10 days before the grain is shipped. Exporters that choose an authorized laboratory responsible for submitting laboratory test results along with their application for phytosanitary certification to the CFIA.
- The CFIA will continue to offer grain export inspections during the program.
The CFIA will continue to authorize laboratories to test grain samples for export shipments to additional countries.
This program relates only to testing grain samples. It does not affect sample collection or the decisions and time required for the CFIA to issue phytosanitary certificates once testing is completed. The CFIA will continue to be the sole entity responsible for issuing phytosanitary certificates for all grain export shipments.
Industry will be engaged and will have an opportunity to provide feedback about the REGAL program on an ongoing basis.
For more information about this initiative, please contact the CFIA by email at: email@example.com.
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