Information for Enhanced QMP Importers using Private Laboratories for Testing Fish and Fish Products

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Private laboratories acceptable to the CFIA for testing fish and fish products must be accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) under the Program for Accreditation of Laboratories (PALCAN), Agricultural and Food Products Specialty Area, as specified in the guideline CAN-P-1587.

The CFIA has established requirements for the acceptance of analytical results from third party laboratories. Such laboratories must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories or its replacement by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). Acceptance of results is contingent on those routine tests and analytical matrices being included in the laboratory's current scope of accreditation. Scopes of accredited laboratories showing test names, matrices and methods of analysis may be found on the SCC websites official directory

Alternatively, the Standards Council of Canada can be contacted for information and assistance (phone: 613-238-3222 or www.scc.ca).

With respect to microbiological testing, SCC accredited laboratories that are recognized as acceptable for microbiological testing of fish and fish products must also participate in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Microbiology Proficiency Testing Program for Meat.

For further information, please contact:

Questions relating to laboratory requirements:

Science Branch, Ottawa
Shelagh McDonagh
National Manager - Laboratory Quality Assurance and Accreditation
Laboratory Accreditation Programs
Telephone: 613-773-5314
e-mail: Shelagh McDonagh

Questions related to the import program policy:

Fish, Seafood and Production Division
Rick Flohr
National Manager, Inspection Systems and HACCP
Telephone: 613-773-6256
e-mail: Rick Flohr

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