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The consultation closed 2014-08-29
The Private Certification Policy (Food Safety) is now available

Private certification schemes are formal, documented food safety systems that are developed and administered by the private sector. For a company to achieve certification to a private scheme they must meet specific requirements that are often designed according to internationally accepted standards for food safety.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is looking to enhance its approach to risk-based oversight by assessing industry's use of private certification schemes. As such, the CFIA is seeking feedback from stakeholders on its discussion paper entitled "Use of Private Certification to Inform Regulatory Risk-Based Oversight". The consultation will end on August 29, 2014.

While new, relevant, reliable information will enable improved decision-making, the CFIA recognizes that all schemes are not equal, therefore will look at each individual scheme from the perspective of its regulatory requirements. As part of the process the Agency may also use this information to conduct better planning in the allocation of its resources.

This discussion paper is a first step in generating feedback on the Agency's early thinking on formalizing its approach to leveraging industry's use of private certification schemes.

Please consider the following questions:

Interested parties may provide comments by email to Correspondence should clearly indicate "Use of Private Certification to Inform Regulatory Risk-Based Oversight" in the subject line.

Please send your comments to

Thank you for your participation.

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