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Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the Implementation of the Commitments Undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures

The programme on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) is one component of the 10th EDF Programme titled "Support to the Forum of Caribbean States in the implementation of the commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)".

The overall objective of the 10th EDF Programme is to support the beneficial integration of the CARIFORUM states into the world economy and the overall objective of the SPS programme is to facilitate CARIFORUM States to gain and improve market access by complying with Europe's Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and to help CARIFORUM states to better develop their own regionally harmonized SPS measures.

The specific objective of the SPS programme is to increase production and trade in agriculture and fisheries which meet international standards while protecting plant, animal and human health and the environment.

The Project is comprised of three Components: Legislation; National and Regional SPS Coordination; and Capacity Building. IICA is the designated implementing Agency for the Project. The Project will be implemented in collaboration with the following partners: CARICOM Secretariat, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the SPS committee of the Dominican Republic (Comite Nacional para la Aplicacion de MedidasSanitarias y Fitosanitarias – (CNMSF).

The total budget for the Project is Euro 11.7 million. The Contribution Agreement was signed by the EU August 24, 2013 and by the IICA September 3, 2013. The Project will run over a 42-month period

The Action is directed towards creating and/or strengthening of the Regional and National SPS systems through systematic focus on:

a) the establishment of a sound and comprehensive national and regional legislative framework for plant and animal health, including fisheries, food safety, and related environmental monitoring;

b) the development and organization of an efficient responsive institutional framework and mechanism for coordination of SPS issues at both the national and regional levels (NAHFS Agencies/Committees/Competent Authorities, CAHFSA, CRFM, CNMSF and attendant technical committees and groups) including the development of programmes and information systems to aid the coordination process; and

c) The development of the human capacity to support the SPS regime. This will inherently aim to improve the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders in elements related to the application of good agricultural, manufacturing and laboratory practices, HACCP and risk analyses, identification of pests and diseases and food hazards.


1.0 Legislation, protocols, standards, measures and guidelines in the area of AHFS and fisheries for national and regional SPS regimes: to enhance CARIFORUM Agricultural Health and Food Safety (AHFS) efforts and strengthen enforcement of protocols, standards, measures and guidelines for increased production and marketing in agriculture and fisheries.

1.1 Plant Protection and Animal Health Legislation

1.2 Model food safety legislation

1.3 Model fisheries SPS and related legislation

1.4 Relevant protocols/standards/guidelines and accompanying model regulations

2.0 National and regional coordination mechanisms in the support of the SPS regime: to support implementation of the SPS measures in the CARIFORUM member states.

2.1 Strengthening or establishment of national coordination and implementing mechanisms

2.2 Operationalizing Regional coordination and implementing mechanisms

2.3 Data collection, management, monitoring, and evaluation, and reporting systems established for the national regulatory agencies.

2.4 Establishing communication, information sharing and management technology systems and platform for the regional agencies

3.0 National and regional regulatory and industry capacity to meet the SPS requirements of international trade: to support and enhance the institutional capacity of national and/or regional regulatory bodies and industry in the agriculture sector, including the fisheries subsector, to meet the SPS requirements of international trade.

3.1Training programmes for animal health, plant health and food safety developed and delivered for competent authorities and regulatory agencies.

3.2 Training programmes developed and delivered across the value chain for industry stakeholders.

3.3 Strengthening and enhancing Laboratory systems and networks.

3.4 Identifying private industry standards impacting key export areas and analysing them with a view to capacity building.

3.5 Establishing national and regional environmental monitoring programmes.

3.6 Establishing national (aquaculture) farm level residue monitoring programmes.


The Action aims to enhance progress towards the development and establishment of effective and efficient national and regional Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regimes to overcome the challenges of limited regional/national administrative capacity concerning compliance with international Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures:

• ER.1 Strengthened legislation, protocols, standards, measures and guidelines in the area of Agriculture Health and Food Safety (AHFS) and fisheries;

• ER.2 Enhanced national and regional coordination mechanisms in the support of the SPS regime developed and established in the CARIFORUM states;

• ER.3 Strengthened national and regional regulatory and industry capacity to meet the SPS requirements of international trade.

The three main results expected under this Programme reflect the common priorities of CARIFORUM and the need to strengthen the response capacities from a regional perspective. IMPLEMENTING AGENCY – IICA

PARTNERS - CARICOM Secretariat, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Dominican Republic National SPS Committee (CNMSF). Collaboration with other international and regional partner agencies.

BENEFICIARIES - CARIFORUM Countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago) DURATION OF PROJECT – Forty-two months