Canadian Nursery Certification Program (CNCP)
For nurseries that export regularly to the US, becoming certified under the CFIA’s Canadian Nursery Certification Program (CNCP) provide distinct advantages. Like the DPCP, this is also a systems-based certification program. The primary advantage to growers is that nursery stock does not need to be inspected by CFIA prior to export as participating nurseries are able to self-issue their own Phytosanitary Certificate.
There is a high level of compatibility between the CNCP and the DPCP, and the DPCP is now recognized by CFIA as a “feeder program” to the CNCP.
The complete requirements of the Canadian Nursery Certification Program can be found in CFIA's Policy Directive D-04-01
.Please note: The CNCP is NOT currently administered by the Canadian Nursery Certification Institute. To participate in this program, you must contact your local Canadian Food Inspection Agency Inspector and request detailed information.
Origin of the Requirements for CNCP:
The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), which includes Mexico, the United States and Canada, has developed the set of standards for the production of plants with a systems approach, on which the DPCP, the P. ramorum and CNCP Certification programs respectively are based. In particular, the following two documents provide the context and requirements for a ‘pest-free place of production’ based on the systems approach:
The Canadian P. ramorum Certification program was designed to minimize the risk of Canadian or USA nurseries receiving or spreading P. ramorum.