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Facilities handling aquatic animal pathogens

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The Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal Pathogens describe the minimum acceptable physical and operational requirements for facilities working with imported aquatic animal pathogens. These standards may also be used as a resource for the design and operating requirements for any aquatic animal containment facility.

The Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal Pathogens came into effect on January 1, 2011. Import permits will only be issued to facilities certified to the appropriate physical and operational requirements described in the Standard. To obtain an import permit, an application form must be completed and submitted to the CFIA's OBCS.

Biocontainment and Certification Program

The Biocontainment and Certification Program's objective is to ensure high containment facilities are in compliance with Canadian physical and operational containment requirements. The purpose of the program is to:

If you currently operate a facility which handles imported aquatic animal pathogens or if you are building a new facility, please contact the OBCS.

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