On November 13, 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the latest rules stemming from the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These rules build on the preventive controls rules the FDA finalized in September 2015 and are designed to ensure food importers take steps to prevent problems before they occur.
The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule requires food importers to verify that their non-U.S. suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets U.S. safety standards and that they are achieving the same level of food safety as domestic farms and food facilities. The final rule requires importers to conduct verification activities, such as audits of a supplier’s facility, sampling and testing of food, or a review of the supplier’s relevant food safety records, that are based on risks linked to the imported food and the performance of the supplier.
The rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification establishes a program for the accreditation of third-party certification organizations to conduct food safety audits and to certify that foreign food facilities and the food they produce meet applicable FDA food safety requirements. Such certifications would be used to qualify foreign companies for participation in FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program providing expedited review and entry of products into the U.S. In specific circumstances, FDA can require a food that is offered for import to be accompanied by a certification from an accredited third-party auditor.
To learn more about how the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule could affect the way your business operates and how you may be able to take advantage of Accredited Third-Party Certification to streamline entry of your imported ingredients at the border, join IDFA and our FSMA legal experts from Hogan Lovells US LLP for our next FSMA webinar on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
December 1, 2015 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
John Allan, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards, The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)
- Elizabeth Fawell, Counsel, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
- Joseph Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
- Andrew Stephens, J.D., M.A., International Policy Manager, U.S. Food and Drug Administration