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

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 *.  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:

  • made in Canada;
  • not regulated under other food commodity legislation; and
  • intended for export to the country specified in the form.

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.

Footnotes

Footnote *

Under the Food and Drugs Act and Food and Drug Regulations, an export certificate applies to food not manufactured, and not sold, for consumption in Canada, is distinctly marked for export and is to be issued by the exporter in the form set out in Appendix III of the Food and Drug Regulations. Other than the Manufacturer's Declaration, the CFIA does not sign any other export document relating to foods regulated under the Food and Drugs Act and Food and Drug Regulations, but not regulated under other food commodity legislation.

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