The International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) is a new and growing organization serving the world fish inspection community. As stated in our Charter, IAFI exists to promote the exchange of ideas and information, foster interaction, understanding and professional collaboration among individuals, organizations, and governments, disseminate knowledge about fish, seafood, and associated products inspection, and promote advancement of the state-of-the-art in fish inspection research and education.
In September 1997, a meeting was held in Toronto, Canada to discuss the merits of establishing an International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI). The formation of an IAFI was well received by the 42 participants, who represented various facets of fish inspection from around the world. An interim Steering Committee was established at that time to continue the development process.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) offered to assume the coordinating role in the formation of this association. The CFIA is the government body responsible for federal food inspection in Canada.