Biosecurity Standard

The Canadian government is moving toward an integrated approach to biosecurity that rationalizes policy, legislation, stakeholder roles and responsibilities as a means to better manage relevant risks in food and agriculture.

Funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Swine Health Board (CSHB) was formed in 2008 as a national organization with the mission 'to provide leadership and coordination in support of the management of the health of the Canadian swine herd'. The Board of the CSHB includes representation from the Canadian Pork Council, the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement Inc., the Canadian Meat Council, and The Veterinary Colleges of Canada. The Board, with its broad stakeholder representation, is in a unique position to refocus efforts in animal health on a national basis. It provides a framework for effective communication and collaboration on health issues within the sector and with other animal and human health organizations and initiatives.

The four following pillars were identified in consultation with industry and government stakeholders as key components required to support the establishment of a structured disease response plan for the Canadian pork sector:

  • Biosecurity,
  • Research,
  • Long Term Disease Risk Management, and
  • Sustainability.

Within the Biosecurity pillar, the development and implementation of the National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard and related best management practices are an important first step.

In January 2010, based on recommendations of the Canadian Swine Health Board Biosecurity Advisory Committee, a Technical Committee was formed and given the mandate to develop a first draft of the National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard. This voluntary Standard is a tool for producers and industry stakeholders to use to tailor biosecurity measures to individual farm needs and regional considerations. It is a means to improve the economics of the industry.

The Technical Committee will continue to encourage discussion and promote collaboration by engaging experts and stakeholders in order to enhance this document. In addition to this National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard, a user guide outlining best management practices will be developed.