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.
- Registration of Food Facilities and Other Submissions
- FSMA Final Rule on Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities
- Importing Food Products into the United States
- U.S. Agent Voluntary Identification System (VIS) User Guide
Submit comments on this guidance document electronically via docket ID: FDA-2013-S-0610 - Specific Electronic Submissions Intended For FDA's Dockets Management Staff (i.e., Citizen Petitions, Draft Proposed Guidance Documents, Variances, and other administrative record submissions)
If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:
Food and Drug Administration
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All comments should be identified with the title of the guidance.