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Laboratory Services Fees Regulations

made under Section 195 of the

Agriculture and Marketing Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 6

N.S. Reg. 12/2016 (January 12, 2016, effective February 1, 2016)


Table of Contents

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Citation

Definitions

Waiver of fees

Fees do not include applicable taxes

Fees for bacteria water analysis

Fees for mineral water analysis

Fees for analytical services

Fees for animal health services

Fees for serology testing

Fees for dairy services

Administration fees

Tests carried out immediately or outside regular hours

Fees for tests not listed

Fees for registered farms

Fees for referred testing


Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Laboratory Services Fees Regulations.


Definitions

2     In these regulations,

 

“Department laboratory” means a laboratory operated by the Department, and includes all of the following:

 

                         (i)     analytic services laboratory,

 

                         (ii)    animal health services laboratory,

 

                         (iii)   dairy services laboratory.                                                                        

 

“livestock animal” means any of the following:

 

                         (i)     cattle,

 

                         (ii)    sheep,

 

                         (iii)   goats,

 

                         (iv)   poultry,

 

                         (v)    rabbits raised for meat production,

 

                         (vi)   llamas,

 

                         (vii)  alpacas,

 

                         (viii) fur-bearing animals from a fur farm licensed under the Fur Industry Act,

 

                         (ix)   deer farm animals from a deer farm licensed under the Wildlife Act,

 

                         (x)    wildlife from a game farm licensed under the Wildlife Act;                   

 

“regular hours of operation” means the period between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, during which the Department laboratory is open.

 

“related animals” means carcasses of livestock animals that

 

                         (i)     were of the same general age and exhibited the same disease symptoms, and

 

                         (ii)    are submitted for testing services by an owner on the same day.


Waiver of fees

3     The Minister may exempt a person from any provision of these regulations requiring payment for testing services.


Fees do not include applicable taxes

4     The fees prescribed in these regulations do not include any applicable taxes.


Fees for bacteria water analysis

5     The fees for bacterial water analysis testing carried out by a Department laboratory are as set out in the following table, by sample type:


Water—Bacteria Analysis

Category

Fee

bacterial—present/absent

$22.96

bacterial—count

$37.35


Fees for mineral water analysis

6     The fees for mineral water analysis testing carried out by a Department laboratory are as set out in the following table, by sample type:


Water—Mineral Analysis

Category

Fee

standard water package

$70.35

individual mineral test

$32.04

nitrate plus nitrite nitrogen

$10.35

alkalinity

$7.96

conductivity

$7.13

pH water

$7.26

chloride

$8.30

fluoride

$9.83


Fees for analytical services

7     The fees for testing carried out by the analytic services laboratory are as set out in the following table:


Soil Analysis

Category

Fee

standard soil package

$23.87

conductance (salt)

$7.13

soil pH and liming requirement

$7.35

total nitrogen

$12.96

soluble nitrate nitrogen

$9.26

individual mineral test

$10.35

Greenhouse Analysis

Category

Fee

greenhouse soil paste

$40.48

nutrient solutions

$20.65

greenhouse water

$25.87

greenhouse pH

$7.83

individual mineral test

$20.65

Digest Samples

Category

Fee

filtered digest sample

$10.30

Plant Tissue Analysis

Category

Fee

standard plant tissue package

$25.87

standard plant tissue package, plus dry matter

$29.65

tissue nitrogen

$12.91

tissue sulfur

$27.52

dry matter

$6.65

Soil Amendments

Category

Fee

manure

$41.35

compost

$31.00

mushroom compost

$25.83

limestone

$38.74

ammonium nitrogen

$14.22

loss on ignition

$5.17

Feed Analysis

Category

Fee

standard forage/grain

$34.17

standard forage/grain, plus neutral detergent fibre

$44.13

basic forage

$24.65

basic forage, plus neutral detergent fibre

$33.52

standard feed

$25.87

standard feed, plus crude fat

$38.83

basic feed

$16.13

mink/fox feed

$48.17

dry matter and minerals

$20.65

moisture

$7.83

crude protein

$12.96

soluble protein

$12.96

acid detergent fibre

$11.65

neutral detergent fibre

$11.65

protein digestibility (bound protein)

$18.87

feed mineral test

$20.65

crude fat

$19.48

ash

$9.00

feed pH

$6.39

sulfur

$28.65


Fees for animal health services

8     The fees for testing carried out by the animal health services laboratory are as set out in the following table:


Postmortem Examination

Category

Fee

single livestock animal, weighing less than 100 kg

$49.30

single livestock animal, weighing 100 kg or more

$148.00

up to 3 related animals weighing less than 100 kg each (except up to 6 poultry or fur bearing animals)

$98.74

horse

$184.91

horse fetus, or foal up to 6 months

$98.74

animal other than livestock animal

$61.65

Histology

Category

Fee

slide preparation per slide—stained

$11.91

slide preparation per slide—unstained

$8.61

single slide interpretation

$20.39

slide interpretation, for 2–5 slides

$40.78

slide interpretation, for each slide above 5

$6.26 per slide

Masson’s trichrome stain

$12.26

silver stain

$12.26

other special stains

$9.26

decalcification

$13.39

pigment removal

$4.52

recuts per slide—stained

$4.87

recuts per slide—unstained

$2.48

wax block

$7.74

Parasitology

Category

Fee

Baermann

$14.83

flotation

$13.83

McMaster

$13.83

direct fecal examination

$10.65

fluorescent antibody stain – Giardia/Cryptosporidia

$36.61

Cryptosporidia stain

$36.61

Microbiology

Category

Fee

udder health sample

$9.87

avian environmental

 

- fluff/litter/feeds screening

$34.48

- peptone screening

$29.65

food environmental

 

- Listeria/Salmonella screening

$34.48

- Listeria/Salmonella culture confirmation

$36.48

antibiotic residue STOP test

$16.78

bacteriology

 

- culture

$23.26

- culture and sensitivity

$36.09

- gram stain

$14.74


Fees for serology testing

9     The fees for serology testing carried out by a Department laboratory are as set out in the following table:


Serology

Category

Fee

ELISA testing

$3.39

Aleutian disease—mink, for up to 18 samples

$31.26

Aleutian disease—mink, for each sample above 18

$1.74 per sample


Fees for dairy services

10   The fees for testing carried out by the dairy services laboratory are as set out in the following table:


Raw milk

Category

Fee

raw milk officials (bacteria and added water)

$7.52

lab pasteurization

$13.87

raw milk fat content

$19.83

Antibiotic Testing

Category

Fee

beta-lactams (penicillin family)

$15.48

sulfamethazine

$20.65

Fluid Milk and Processed By-products

Category

Fee

standard plate count (liquid)

 

- juice

$11.52

- fluid milk

$11.52

- sour cream and buttermilk

$11.52

added water (freezing point)

$6.04

coliform (petrifilm)

$14.39

flavour

$6.17

fluid milk fat content

$13.04

total solids

$10.74

pH fluid milk

$7.74

phosphatase

$21.96

Cheese

Category

Fee

E. coli/coliform

$17.48

Staphylococcus aureus

$17.61

Powders

Category

Fee

standard plate count

$15.91

whey protein nitrogen

$10.09

moisture

$7.83

scorched particles

$5.22

direct microscopic cell count (DMCC)

$10.74

solubility index

$7.48

titratable acidity

$8.61

antibiotics (disc assay)

$14.13

fat content

$19.22

powder phosphatase

$33.00

flavour/colour

$7.48

E. coli/coliform

$14.96

yeast and mold

$8.13

Staphylococcus aureus

$17.61


Administration fees

11   The following table sets out fees for administrative services by a Department laboratory:


Common Fees

Category

Fee

reprinting/copy of report

$4.00

disposal fee

$1.00

consultation/documentation for insurance or legal case

$100.00 per hour, plus expenses


Tests carried out immediately or outside regular hours

12   (1)    The fees for tests carried out, on request, either immediately or outside regular hours of operation are as follows:

 

                (a)    for a test carried out immediately, but within the regular hours of operation, 2 times the fee set out in these regulations for the test;

 

                (b)    for a test carried out outside the regular hours of operation, the fee set out in these regulations for the test, plus an additional fee of $126.00.


Fees for tests not listed

13   If a test is required that is not identified in these regulations, the fee for the test is based on the cost of labour and materials to perform the test.


Fees for registered farms

14   Despite Sections 6, 7, and 8, a fee payable under any of those Sections by a farm business or a farm operation that holds a valid farm registration number under the Farm Registration Act is 50% of the fee prescribed.


Fees for referred testing

15   (1)    The Department may refer testing to a laboratory not operated by the Department.

 

       (2)    The fee for testing that is carried out by a laboratory referred under subsection (1) is the sum of all of the following:

 

                (a)    the actual cost of the test;

 

                (b)    a handling fee of $4.00;

 

                (c)    shipping costs.