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The Ottawa (Fallowfield) Laboratory

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for delivering federally mandated programs for food inspection, plant and animal health. The Agency relies on high-quality, timely and relevant science as the basis of its program design and regulatory decision-making. Scientific activities inform the Agency's understanding of risks, provide evidence for the development of mitigation measures, and confirm the effectiveness of these measures.

CFIA scientific activities include laboratory testing, research, surveillance, test method development, risk assessments and expert scientific advice. Agency scientists maintain strong partnerships with universities, federal, provincial and international counterparts, as well as industry, in order to effectively carry out the CFIA's mandate.

The Ottawa (Fallowfield) Laboratory

The Ottawa (Fallowfield) Laboratory is the CFIA's largest laboratory facility serving the CFIA's three business lines (food, plant and animal health). The laboratory is located on 2000 acres of land in the Ottawa greenbelt, with a working farm, as well as unique bioinformatics and level 2 and 3 biocontainment facilities.

The laboratory has approximately 200 staff in addition to a number of visiting scientists, contract workers and students providing multi-disciplinary research, technology development and accredited diagnostic services to their clients.

The Ottawa (Fallowfield) Laboratory consists of three laboratories that share the facility's services. These labs are:

What we do

Food Science Laboratory

Ottawa Plant Laboratory

The Ottawa Plant Laboratory houses a group of diagnostic and research labs that specialize in genotyping, botany, entomology, nematology, plant pathology and seed science.

Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory

The Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory is comprised of 7 diagnostic units supported by research scientists. Areas of work include; serodiagnostic, rabies, microbiology, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, biocontainment Level-3, pathology and molecular diagnostic.

Quality management

All CFIA laboratories have demonstrated conformance to ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The Standards Council of Canada evaluates our laboratories against this international standard, as a formal verification of the CFIA's capability to produce accurate and reliable results, within our accredited scope of testing. The results are supported by the development, validation and implementation of scientific methods, conducted by highly qualified personnel, using reliable products, services, and equipment, in a quality controlled environment. Participation in international proficiency testing programs further demonstrates that our testing is comparable to laboratories across Canada and around the world.

For further information

Ottawa Laboratory Fallowfield
3851 Fallowfield Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 8P9

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