Grade change process – Eastern Standards Committee

Grain specifications and grades, as defined in the Official Grain Grading Guide, reflect the interests and concerns of all parts of Canada’s grain sector. The Canadian Grain Commission adjusts them only if a comprehensive review shows need.

A comprehensive review includes:

  • Consulting with the Eastern Standards Committee
  • Conducting scientific research at the Canadian Grain Commission


1. Concern brought forward

Anyone can bring forward a concern about grading, a quality issue or any specification in the Official Grain Grading Guide to a standards committee member or the Canadian Grain Commission. The committee member brings the item forward for discussion.

2. Discussion and scientific study

The committee discusses the potential impact a change would have on the grain industry or the customers of Canada’s grain. The committee decides if further study is required. If so, the committee seeks input from stakeholders and arranges for scientific research where necessary.

3. Decision

Once consultation and research are complete, results are brought back to the committee for further discussion and consideration. At this point, the Eastern Standards Committee may:

  • Request more evaluation
  • Decide not to support the proposed change
  • Decide to support the proposed change

If the Eastern Standards Committee recommends a change to a particular grade or specification, the Canadian Grain Commission makes the change in the Official Grain Grading Guide.

4. Grading change announced

Any change made to current grading specifications is announced well in advance of the new crop year in order to give the grain industry, including producers, time to adjust to any change.