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Evaluation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Evaluation Directorate is responsible for evaluating the relevance and performance of Agency programs, policies and initiatives. This effort supports informed decision-making and enhances performance and accountability.

The Evaluation Directorate is accountable to the CFIA's Evaluation Committee, chaired by the President. All evaluations must be reported to the Evaluation Committee and must be conducted in accordance with the Treasury Board's Policy on Evaluation. Evaluation projects are selected based on higher risk or significance during an annual Agency planning process, and then reflected in the Agency's Evaluation Plan, which is approved by the Evaluation Committee.

Overview

The Enhanced Feed Ban was part of the CFIA's response for managing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The ban was an important measure taken to protect animal health by preventing prohibited and specified risk materials from entering the feed system. The ban also intended to help maintain consumer confidence as well as regain and expand market access for regulated products by making sure that Canada kept its 'controlled' BSE risk status from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The object of this evaluation was to assess whether the ban remains necessary and whether it has achieved expected outcomes. It also provides recommendations to keep the program effective. The scope for this evaluation is 2004-2005 to June 2011.

Key Findings

The report determined that:

  • The Enhanced Feed Ban remains important to protecting animal health and minimizing the risk of transmitting BSE.
  • The CFIA clearly plays a critical role in managing the ban but the Agency's role in determining or expanding market access is not well understood by comparison, and the ban's long-term effectiveness can only be assessed after 2015 given the long incubation period of BSE.

The report proposed four recommendations to improve the program. For each of these recommendations, the CFIA has committed to the following actions:

  1. The CFIA should strengthen the program's oversight.
    • The Agency has already established a more structured governance structure to make sure that decisions and resources are managed more effectively and consistently.
  2. The CFIA should improve how policies and decisions are communicated.
    • The Agency has been working with stakeholders to plan how the program will be managed going forward.
  3. The CFIA should improve the program's budgeting and financial tracking procedures, as well as how the program is measured.
    • The Agency is incorporating additional procedures to make sure that processes and performance measurement are effective and completed correctly.
  4. The CFIA should improve how it allocates the program's human and financial resources.
    • The Agency has worked with stakeholders to develop a framework that would better define how resources are identified based on risk.

Complete report

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