The Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP) has been in place since 1996. The program facilitates the export of greenhouse-grown plants between the United States and Canada by allowing authorized facilities to use an Export Certification Label in lieu of a phytosanitary certificate. 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) have revised the program requirements. The Technical Requirements document outlines the responsibilities of the participating facilities and of APHIS and CFIA under the revised GCP.
Background information on the greenhouse program, an overview of the revised Technical Requirements, and a questions and answers document are provided below to assist participants in meeting the requirements.
The comments and concerns identified by stakeholders during the 2014 consultation period were taken into account during the revisions.
To facilitate an orderly transition to the revised program, APHIS and CFIA and their cooperators are providing training and assistance to participants.
For more information
For more information, or if you have questions about the Technical Requirements, please send inquiries to RCC@aphis.usda.gov.