Home About Us Products & Services Quotes Resources Certifications Contact Us The CFIA is a federal regulator agency that is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals, and plants in Canada. It was established in 1997 for the purpose of combining and integrating the related inspection services of three separate federal government departments:  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Health Canada.  The establishment of the CFIA consolidated the delivery of all federal food safety, animal health, and plant health regulatory programs. The Manufacturers’ Health & Safety Association is a not-for-profit organization funded and directed by the manufacturing industry in Alberta.  Formed in 1992, it now has 1,600 members who employ 60,000 workers across the province.  The MHSA is a Certifying Partner authorized by the Government of Alberta to deliver the PIR program to Alberta employers.  The Certificate of Recognition (COR) The Convention aims to provide coordinated action to prevent and control the introduction and spread of pest of plants and plant products, both cultivated and natural.  The IPPC defined the International Standards for Phytosantiary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) to directly address the need to treat wood materials in thickness greater than 6mm.  ISPM 15 affects all wood packaging material (pallets, crate, dunnages, etc.) requiring that they be debarked and heat treated and stamped with a mark of compliance. The IPPC is a multilateral treaty overseen by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  As of December of 2013, the IPPC has 181 involved parties, which include 178 United Nations member states, the Cook Islands, Niue, and the European Union. The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program began in Alberta more than 20 years ago. While the bulk of COR firms are in construction, the standard is used by major business sectors in Alberta and British Columbia.  A COR is awarded to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards. Certificates are issued by Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour and are co-signed by Certifying Partners.  A COR recognizes that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and found to meet Partnerships standards.  The COR is valid for three years from the date of issue, providing that all maintenance requirements are met. The date the audit is completed on-site is used as the COR issue date.
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