Service(s) related to this article: Consulting – Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) support in meeting requirements, Audits – Assessing readniness for the Food Safety Modernization Act, Global Certifications
The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) for importers of food for human and animal consumption is one of the rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was finalized in 2015. The FSVP requires importers to verify that food imported into the United States has been produced to meet applicable U.S. food safety standards. Although the compliance dates seem far off, the first compliance date was May 30, 2017. Therefore, importers of human food whose large suppliers require compliance to preventive control of human food must comply with the FDA-FSMA FSVP rules. Although small businesses are not expected to comply until 2018 or even 2020 in some cases, the reality is that foreign supplier verification for food safety has begun. On October 23rd, the FDA released new compliance dates for the following categories of importers:
Regardless of when your compliance date is, foreign suppliers must comply to FDA-FSMA rules eventually. At dicentra, our experts in supplier verification, both domestic and foreign, can validate your Foreign Supplier Verification Program as well as audit the foreign supplier facilities for compliance to the FDA-FSMA food safety requirements. In addition, dicentra’s Global Certifications Team is currently in the process of completing an application to become an accredited third-party certification body in the ANSI FDA-FSMA FSVP Pilot program under the FDA-FSMA rules for food safety audits.
dicentra is a professional consulting firm that specializes in addressing all matters related to safety, quality and compliance for all product categories in the life sciences and food industries.
PC: Preventive Controls PCHF: Preventive Controls Human Foods
PCAF: Preventive controls Animal Foods
cGMP: Current Good Manufacturing Practice