To improve the consistency and effectiveness of the U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP), APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are revising the program requirements. The draft Technical Requirements document outlines the responsibilities of the participating facilities and of APHIS and CFIA under the revised GCP. Stakeholders are asked to provide feedback on the revised Technical Requirements by September 2, 2014.
Background information on the greenhouse program, an overview of the revised Technical Requirements, and a questions and answers document are provided below to assist in the review of the Technical Requirements document.
During the consultation period, APHIS and CFIA representatives will be available to answer questions arising in their jurisdictions. To be considered for the final revision, all comments must be submitted in writing to the appropriate National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO).
After the comment period ends, the GCP working group will review the submitted comments. The GCP Technical Requirements will be revised where possible to address the comments and concerns identified by stakeholders during the consultation. Once the revised GCP Technical Requirements are finalized, they will be implemented in both countries.
A one year plan will be developed to facilitate an orderly transition to the revised program. The transition will include training and assistance by the NPPOs and their cooperators.
Submitting your comments
Stakeholders should submit written comments on the revised Technical Requirements by September 2, 2014. Only written comments will be considered.
If you are based in the United States, please email your questions and comments to RCCPlantProtection@aphis.usda.gov
If you are based in Canada, please email your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org