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Summary: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/ Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications

Foreign Supplier Verification Program

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to adopt regulations on foreign supplier verification programs (FSVPs) for importers of food for humans and animals. The proposed regulations would require importers to help ensure that food imported into the United States is produced in compliance with processes and procedures, including reasonably appropriate risk-based preventive controls, that provide the same level of public health protection as those required under the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls and standards for produce safety sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), is not adulterated, and is not misbranded with respect to food allergen labeling. We are proposing these regulations in accordance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed regulations would help ensure that imported food is produced in a manner consistent with U.S. standards.

Federal Register: 78 FR 45729 -45779, July 29, 2013

Docket: FDA-2011-N-0143

Accreditation of Third Parties To Conduct Food Safety Audits and For Other Related Purposes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its regulations to provide for accreditation of third-party auditors/certification bodies to conduct food safety audits of foreign food entities, including registered foreign food facilities, and to issue food and facility certifications, under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Use of accredited third-party auditors/certification bodies and food and facility certifications will help FDA prevent potentially harmful food from reaching U.S. consumers and thereby improve the safety of the U.S. food supply. FDA also expects that these regulations will increase efficiency by reducing the number of redundant food safety audits.

Federal Register: 78 FR 45781-45839, July 29, 2013

Docket: FDA-2011-N-0146

Regulatory Impact Analysis

Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis on Proposed Rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/ Certification Bodies Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications (PDF - 1.17MB)