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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:

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: cfia.ssts-ssts.acia@canada.ca.

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