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Guidance for Industry: U.S. Agent Voluntary Identification System (VIS) for Food Facility Registration October 2020

Final Level 2 Guidance
Docket Number:
FDA-2013-S-0610
Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

The purpose of this guidance document is to announce that FDA has established a U.S. Agent Voluntary Identification System (VIS) in conjunction with our food facility registration database, the Food Facility Registration Module (FFRM). The purpose of the VIS is to ensure the accuracy of U.S. agent information and enable U.S. agents to independently identify the facility or facilities for which the agent has agreed to serve. This guidance provides information for U.S. agents and foreign facilities importing food into the U.S. who choose to utilize the VIS. 

FDA's guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe our current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited.  The use of the word should in FDA guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.

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