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Uganda - Obtain a Certificate of Approval for Fish Establishments

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Procedure[edit]

Step 1.
The applicant should submit a written application letter seeking permission for provisional approval, indicating the following information:

  • The full names.
  • Physical and postal addresses of the managers, directors and shareholders.
  • The number of employees.
  • CV’s of technical staff.
  • Installed production and storage capacities.
  • water and ice capacities and description and composition of the product
  • A certificate of approval for fish establishments can be obtained from Ministry of Agriculture Animal industry and fisheries.

Step 2.
Fill up the appropriate application form as described by the Ministry of Agriculture animal industry and Fisheries. After filling the form the Fisheries commissioner shall arrange for an onsite verifications will be conducted to ensure that the relevant requirements of rules are fully complied with.

Step 3.
Upon meeting these requirements, the Commissioner may grant provisional approval for the establishment to process fishery products. This is a provisional approval lasting for only 3 months before the full established approval is granted by the commissioner for fisheries.

Step 4.
Within those three months of obtaining provisional approval the establishment shall be audited by the commissioner for Fisheries to establish if:-

  • the premises, facilities, equipment maintain compliance with the set standards.
  • the operational practices meet the requirements with respect to standards of
  • Hygienic operation.
  • Product quality and safety control systems implemented correctly.
  • Records and documentation are maintained.
  • Product traceability.

Step 5.
Compliance with the above requirements and paying the subscribed fee shall allow the Commissioner to grant the establishment full approval with the issuance of:

  • Annual approval certificate.
  • Establishment approval number.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Company registration certificate.
  • Copy of memorandum of association.
  • Copy of certificate of incorporation.
  • Uganda Investment Authority certificate or licence.
  • Land title.
  • Environment Impact Assessment report/Statement(EIA/S)approved by NEMA.
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Manual.
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Manual.
  • Approved architectural plans
  • Application letter
  • URA payment registration slip
  • Bank e-tax receipt

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries(MAAIF)
Directorate of Fisheries
Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources

  • Lugard Avenue Entebbe
  • P.O. Box 102 Entebbe, Uganda
  • Tel: +256 414 320 006
  • Email Address: ps@agriculture.go.ug
  • Email: fishery@imul.com

Website:Ministry of Agriculture

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Eligibility[edit]

Applicant to be eligible should be engaging in fish activities in order to establish processed fish products.

Fees[edit]

Certificate fees UGX 10,000

Validity[edit]

Valid for 1 year

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL FOR FISH ESTABLISHMENTS
This is to certify that the fish establishment:
...........................................
EAN ............................................ Own by:
........................................
Which is located on plot number: .......................
Address .................................................
Town ......................................
Has be registered and approved for the purposes of fishery:
(delete as applicable)
Collecting Holding Ice Production
Preparation Processing Storing Transporting Export Other please state: .........................................
For the following products (Description of products types and processes)...................................
For a period of 12 months from the date of issue of this certificate
Subject to the following conditions:
1.The fish establishment shall conform to the requirements of the Fishery Quality Assurance Rules and associated schedules
2.This approval certificate is not transferable
3.Any change in the ownership of the certified fish
establishment shall automatically invalidate this certificate.
4.This certificate shall be displayed conspicuously in the fish establishment.
Commissioner of Fisheries: (Type name here) Signature:
.........................................................
Date of Issue:
...................................................
Official Stamp


Processing Time[edit]

Maximum processing time 5 weeks.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.

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Instructions[edit]

  • The fish establishment shall conform to the requirements of the Fishery Quality Assurance Rules and associated schedules.
  • This approval certificate is not transferable.
  • Any changes in the ownership of the certified fish establishment shall automatically invalidate this certificate.
  • The certificate shall be displayed conspicuously in the fish establishment.

Required Information[edit]

  • Description of Fish products types and processes
  • Information on Ice Production Preparation
  • Information on Processing Storing Transporting Export
  • Information on the purposes of fishery
  • Applicant names and address
  • Name of the owner of the establishment
  • Signature
  • Date


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Need for the Document[edit]

Please provide the need for the procedure. e.g. Birth Certificate - why do we need to have a birth certificate? 
 

Information which might help[edit]

Processing establishment

  1. Applies to all premises where fish and fishery products are processed or packed and destined for supply into all food supply chains both internal and export markets.
  2. A working area of sufficient size for work to be carried out under adequate sanitary and hygienic conditions;
  3. Roofed and protected from contamination adequate ventilation and, where necessary, steam and water vapour extraction facilities.
  4. Adequate natural or artificial lighting.
  5. Processing facilities shall have adequate protection against product contamination from vermin such as insects, rodents, birds, etc.
  6. An adequate number of facilities for cleaning and disinfecting hands to be located in work processing areas, with soap and appropriate hand drying facilities.
  7. Toilets shall be placed such that they are
    • Separated from processing areas;
    • separated from drainage or sewage systems do not contaminate the product or processing areas;
    • have adequate hand-washing facilities.
  8. All staff handling fishery products shall have knowledge of food hygiene practices and be aware of the hazards associated with the product and the means by which they are controlled.
  9. All staff involved with processing of fishery products shall follow Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) including;
    • hand-washing before processing;
    • wearing of protective uniforms, hairnets, footwear, etc.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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Others[edit]

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