COVID-19: CQA/CPE validations postponed
CPC has recommended that all site visits for CQA/CPE validations (i.e. “Full Validations”) be postponed, as follows:
- Those sites that are due for a Full CPE Validation with a program expiry date on or before June 30, 2020 will automatically be granted a 3-month extension to their expiry date. For example, if your site’s expiry date is usually April 12th, your new expiry date will be July 12th.
- Those sites that are due for a Partial CQA Validation (where no site visit is required) will still have to abide by their current expiry date.
- Currently, the sites that are due for a Full CPE Validation with an expiry date on or after July 1, 2020 should still plan for that date, but the situation will be reassessed at the end of April and an update sent to affected sites.
Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA)
The Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program is an on-farm assessment program that provides assurance to pork processors, retailers, and consumers about on-farm food safety and animal care practices. The Animal Care Assessment (ACA) program became a requirement for CQA registration in 2012. All farms that market pigs to federally-inspected processing plants in Manitoba, and those farms that supply them, must be registered on the CQA program. Pig farms registered on the CQA program are assessed every year by certified validators.
Sites due for full validation in or after 2020 must join PigSAFE | PigCARE.
To schedule a CQA validation visit to have your farm assessed and certified on the program, you will need to arrange the visit with a CQA Validator. A list of current CQA Validators can be found here.
Producers wanting to register their farm on the CQA program must first have registered themselves and their premises with Manitoba Pork. Information on how to register with Manitoba Pork can be found here.
For more information on the CQA program, visit the Canadian Pork Council website.
Marketers can log in here to find out which premises are currently registered on the CQA program.
Questions about documentation and administration should be directed to:
Industry Services Coordinator
Questions about program content should be directed to:
Manager of Quality Assurance & Animal Care Programs