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Archived - Manufacturer's Declaration Form for Export of Foods Regulated under the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations

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This page was archived due to the coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Archived information is provided for reference, research or record-keeping purposes only. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. For current information visit Food.


Effective January 15th, 2019, the Manufacturer's Declaration Form (CFIA/ACIA 5280) will no longer be used. The CFIA will instead issue the Certificate of Free Sale (CFIA/ACIA 5786) when a certificate or commercial document is required for export. This certificate will only be issued to food companies licensed under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). Please visit My CFIA page to apply for a licence.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) form entitled the Manufacturer's Declaration for Export of Food Products Manufactured in Canada (Manufacturer’s Declaration) is intended to be used by Canadian food manufacturers who wish to export foods regulated under the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations, but not regulated under other food commodity legislation (i.e. Meat Inspection Act, the Fish Inspection Act, or the Canada Agricultural Products Act [except for the Organic Products Regulations]).

This form is not an export certificateFootnote 1. It replaces the obsolete form, the Manufacturer's Certificate to Cover Exports of Food Products Offered for Sale in Canada.  An updated Manufacturer's Declaration (CFIA/ACIA 5280 [2013/01]) is accessible at:

The Manufacturer's Declaration contains a solemn declaration that the manufacturer, or officer or authorized agent of the manufacturer, is ". . . aware of the health and safety requirements under the Food and Drugs Act and Food and Drug Regulations . . . and has taken all necessary actions and steps to ensure that the product is manufactured in accordance with these requirements." The CFIA does not conduct establishment or product inspections as a requirement for signing these forms.

The manufacturer, or officer or authorized agent, is required to complete the form and make a solemn declaration before a Commissioner for Taking Oaths, or other person authorized to swear affidavits (e.g. a Notary Public), that the product is:

Further, the form is to clearly identify the product by common name(s), lot number(s), container size(s), total volume/weight of shipment, and brand name(s).

The form cannot be altered in any fashion and may not include additional claims or statements regarding the method of production or the quality or safety of the product.

It should be noted that the form includes a statement to the effect that "any reference to this form or to the CFIA or its activities in any advertising or other promotion in Canada or elsewhere is strictly prohibited in Canada and elsewhere."

Once the form is appropriately completed, the designated CFIA inspector will sign, date, and affix the CFIA stamp, provided there are no known concerns with the manufacturer or product(s), to indicate that, based solely on the declared information, the CFIA would have no objection to the sale of the listed product(s) in Canada.

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