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D- 95-13: Seed Potato Certification Program – Submission / Refund of Fees for Field Inspection

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Effective Date: February 24, 2012
(5th Revision)


This directive contains the guidelines for the submission and refund of fees for field inspections under the Seed Potato Certification Program.

This directive has been revised to update the review date, as well as minor administrative changes. Information has been added to clarify the fees to be charged for separate farm units.

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This directive will be reviewed every three years. For further information or clarification, please contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).


Approved by:

Chief Plant Health Officer

Amendment Record

Amendments to this directive will be dated and distributed as outlined in the distribution below.


  1. Directive mail list (Regions, PHRA, USDA)
  2. Provincial Government, Industry (determined by Author)
  3. National Industry Organizations (determined by Author)
  4. Internet


Fees are charged in accordance with Section 62 of the Seeds Regulations and must be submitted with the application for crop inspection. A $50.00 application fee, and a fee of $20.00 for each hectare of potato fields to be inspected, are stipulated in Part 15 of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice.


This directive provides the conditions under which fees for field inspection, charged pursuant to the Seeds Regulations and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice, are refundable.

This directive supersedes D-95-13 (4th Revision)

Definitions, Abbreviations and Acronyms

Definitions for terms used in the present document can be found in the Plant Health Glossary of Terms.

1.0 General Requirements

1.1 Legislative Authority

2.0 Policy

The Application for Seed Potato Crop Inspection – Growers Declaration (CFIA/ACIA 1317) must be delivered by the date specified in the Seeds Regulations to the appropriate office of the CFIA, as indicated on the form. Late application, resulting from delays in planting caused by inclement weather, or other justified reasoning, may be accepted at the discretion of the CFIA.

The inspection of all fields entered for inspection is considered to have started when the inspector confirms there is no changes to the application and/or enters a field to commence inspection on that farm unit.

A grower submitting separate applications for field-grown crops and crops produced in a protected and/or aseptic environment with the intention of operating them as separate farm units (i.e., with different grower numbers) is expected to pay the applicable fees for each application.

The $50 application fee is not refundable at any time.

The $20/ha field inspection fee:

  1. will not be charged, or is fully refundable when an application for field inspection is rejected during the preliminary review of the application. The grower must be informed, in writing, of any or all fields that are ineligible for inspection.

    Examples for reason for rejection of an application (for illustration only):

    • The grower has planted certified class or non-certified seed on his farm unit.
    • It cannot be demonstrated that the equipment was cleaned (when required) prior to bringing in new seed. Refers primarily to a new grower and/or a grower that had a crop or equipment exposed to a pathogen that is or may be detrimental to the crop.
  2. fifty percent (50%) of the field inspection fee for a field may be refunded upon withdrawal of the field, provided:
    • The grower submits a request in writing stating the reason the Application for Seed Potato Crop Inspection – Growers Declaration (CFIA/ACIA 1317) is being amended to withdraw one or all of the fields;


    • The grower's written request is received by an inspector prior to the commencement of inspection activities on that farm unit.

    The grower is encouraged to submit the request as early as possible. The refund, where applicable, may be returned as a credit to the grower's account.

  3. a surcharge of 25% per hectare will be applied to the inspection fee for any field entered for inspection after the initial Application for Seed Potato Crop Inspection – Growers Declaration (CFIA/ACIA 1317) has been received and approved. No surcharge /ha will be applied for a late application, resulting from delays in planting caused by inclement weather, or other justified reasoning, that is accepted by the CFIA.
  4. the fee is not refundable when an inspector does not inspect a crop because of insufficient separation between adjacent fields (one blank row), and other reasons that may only become apparent once the inspector has arrived at the field.

3.0 Forms

Payment forms are now available as eforms in Informed Desktop eForms.

1. Seed potato crop inspection fees:

2. Amendments to seed potato crop inspection applications:

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