The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Technical Assistance Network (TAN) has been operational since September 9, 2015 and providing technical assistance to industry, regulators, academia, consumers and others regarding FSMA implementation. The TAN addresses questions related to the FSMA rules, FSMA programs, and implementation strategies after the rules are final.
Note: For Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) training and scientific/technical questions, please contact the FSPCA Technical Assistance Network using their web form at http://www.iit.edu/ifsh/alliance .
The FSMA TAN Knowledge Management System is fully operational.
Mail an Inquiry
Inquiries may also be submitted by mail if the Internet is not available at the following address:
Food and Drug Administration
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy
Wiley Building, HFS-009
Attn: FSMA Outreach
College Park, MD 20740
FDA is implementing the TAN in two phases:
- Phase 1 addresses inquiries related to the publication of FSMA rules and is operational.
- Phase 2 will provide technical assistance to FDA and State staff performing inspections and supporting compliance activities; it will be implemented by 2017 when preventive controls inspections are targeted to begin.
Features of the TAN:
- Inquiries are answered by FDA Information Specialists or Subject Matter Experts, based on the complexity of the question. Complicated questions may require more time for a response. FDA will respond to inquiries received as soon as possible. However, response times may vary, due to complexity of question and the volume of inquiries we receive.
- Once a question is submitted, the inquirer will receive notification of receipt and a case number to be referenced in future correspondence.
- Questions will be tracked and trended using a Knowledge Management System (KMS) to assist FDA in prioritizing, in part, FSMA policy, guidance, and training. Additionally, many questions will be addressed through guidance documents posted on FDA’s website.
- Routine communication with external TANs, e.g. Alliances (such as the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance), are vital for coordination and success.
Get key stats on FSMA inquiries in the TAN Report.