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February 2011 Scrapie Canada Update

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Annual Audit- Part 2

Last month’s update focused on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) annual audit with Scrapie Canada. The article explained that the goal of this audit is to evaluate the National Scrapie Project Coordinator’s compliance when it comes to processing producer files for the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP). The article highlighted that the Scrapie Project Coordinator’s compliance is based upon the rules and regulations laid out in the VSFCP’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

This month’s update is a continuation of that discussion, detailing how the annual audit and required compliance of the SOP impacts producers enrolled on the VSFCP.

Scrapie Canada is required to process all files in line with the rules laid out in the SOP. As a result, producers should be aware of, and adhere to, all program rules so they can continue to successfully advance on the VSFCP. A full copy of the SOP can received by calling Scrapie Canada or by going online to: http://www.scrapiecanada.ca/VSFCPappeal.html

Some of the more important rules that producers need to be aware of are stated below:

  • Enrollment in the VSFCP is based on a quarterly calendar. Depending on when producers enroll, they will be placed into one of four quarters. The quarters are: January 1- March 31; April 1- June 30; July 1- September 30 and October 1- December 31. Whichever quarter the producer is placed in becomes his/ her anniversary quarter and each year the application of advancement must be completed in this quarter.
  • Producers need to ensure that their application is submitted in a timely manner on an annual basis. Producers’ paper work is due no later than 30 days following the end of their anniversary quarter. Therefore, if your anniversary quarter is January 1- March 31, your paper work is due to be received by Scrapie Canada no later than April 30 of that year.
  • The Scrapie Project Coordinator will inform producers, via phone, e-mail or written letter, that their application of advancement due date is forthcoming. Producers should expect this reminder about one month prior to the beginning of their anniversary quarter.
  • As stated in (b) producers are required to submit their application of advancement no later than 30 days following the end of their anniversary quarter. Producers who do not submit their application of advancement paper work in the appropriate timeline will be contacted by the Scrapie Project Coordinator (by phone, e-mail or written letter) and given a 30 day deadline to submit outstanding paper work. If producers fail to submit the outstanding paper work within the 30 day deadline, a temporary suspension will be imposed. If producers fail once again to submit paper work 30 days after the imposed temporary suspension, their enrollment on the program will be revoked. Those producers who do submit their outstanding paper work within 30 days of the imposed temporary suspension will have the suspension lifted if the paper work is complete.
  • Producers will be required to submit a complete application of advancement. If information is missing, the producer will be informed and given a 30 day deadline to submit the missing information. If producers fail to submit the outstanding paper work within the 30 day deadline, a temporary suspension will be imposed. If producers fail once again to submit paper work 30 days after the imposed temporary suspension, their enrollment on the program will be revoked. Those producers who do submit their outstanding paper work within 30 days of the imposed temporary suspension will have the suspension lifted if the paper work is complete.

Temporary suspensions and revocations can be appealed by the producer. This means, if a producer does not agree with an imposed temporary suspension or revocation, or can give justification for missing an imposed deadline, he/ she can send a formal letter of appeal to Scrapie Canada.

All appeals are reviewed by a separate Scrapie Appeal Committee made up of representatives from the Canadian sheep and goat industries. The Scrapie Project Coordinator sits on the appeal committee as a non-voting representative, as does a representative from the CFIA.

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CFIA LOCATIONS

CFIA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0Y9
PHONE: (613) 225-2342 / 1-800-442-2342
Fax: (613) 228-6601

 

ATLANTIC HEADQUARTERS

1081 Main St, PO Box 6088
Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 8R2
PHONE: (506) 851-7400
Fax: Fax: (506) 851-2689

 

ONTARIO HEADQUARTERS

174 Stone Rd W
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4S9
PHONE: (519) 837-9400
Fax: (519) 837-9766

 

QUEBEC HEADQUARTERS

Room 746-C - 2001 University St,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3N2
PHONE: (514) 283-8888
Fax: (514) 283-3143

 

WESTERN HEADQUARTERS

Room 654 - 220 4th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4X3
PHONE: (403) 292-4301
Fax: (403) 292-5707

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Appeals can also be made when a producer’s situation falls outside of the program’s SOP, meaning it is not covered in the current set of rules.

The SOP is reviewed on an annual basis and producers are encouraged to offer suggestions for changes, questions and/ or feedback. Any feedback received through the year will be considered in the subsequent review. The SOP review usually takes place between June and July each year.

As mentioned in last month’s update, the CFIA uses the annual audit report and compliance to the SOP as evidence that Canada is running a credible and consistent program that is being audited and improved on an annual basis. This evidence is presented during trade negotiations with partners like the U.S. or other international communities.

It is important to once again emphasize that while the credibility of the program is imperative to our trading partners, it is also important to ensure that the program is working well and in the best interest of Canadian producers.

Scrapie Canada encourages producers to offer any questions or feedback regarding the VSFCP. The most important goal is to have a strong, credible program that works for the industry.

Funding for the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program is provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) AgriFlexibility program. Opinions expressed in this document are those of the Canadian Sheep Federation and not necessarily those of AAFC.

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