Canadian Food Inspection Agency and United States Food and Drug Administration sign a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate sharing of scientific information and collaborative research projects

News Release

October 18, 2017 – FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Campus, College Park, Maryland, USA.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the sharing of food safety information and data, and enable collaborative research projects.

The MOU was signed at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition campus in College Park, Maryland.

The purpose is to help advance collaboration between the CFIA and the US FDA with respect to food safety science while building on the strengths of each country.

The MOU will further ease the sharing of information on matters such as development of research methods and needs, genomic sequence data, chemical and microbiological risk profiles, method validation data and newly developed methods.

Fostering increased collaboration with countries outside our borders will allow scientists within the CFIA and across Canada to access greater food safety information and data, bolstering innovation and advancing research which will ultimately help lead to a better quality of life for all Canadians.


"The strong relationship we share with the United States allows us to work together to find innovative and cooperative ways to share information and data in respect to food safety. This collaborative approach to information sharing builds on our individual strengths while expanding our combined knowledge."

Paul Mayers, Vice-President of Science Branch, CFIA

Quick Facts

  • As Canada's largest science-based regulator, the CFIA works with federal, provincial, territorial and international science organizations, industry, universities and other partners to support and develop science that contributes to evidence-based decisions that better protect Canada's food safety system.

  • Canada is one of only three countries to have signed a food safety system recognition arrangement with the United States. This agreement recognizes that our two systems have comparable control measures and systems as they relate to food safety, and allows for enhanced regulatory cooperation offering benefits for public health, consumer protection and trade.

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