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Guidance Issuing OfficeCenter for Food Safety and Applied NutritionCenter for Veterinary Medicine
Issued March 2020
Updated June 2020
The purpose of this guidance is to state the current intent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, we, or the Agency), in certain circumstances related to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), not to enforce requirements in three foods regulations to conduct onsite audits of food suppliers if other supplier verification methods are used instead.
The three regulations are Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (21 CFR part 117) (“part 117”) , Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals (21 CFR part 507) (“part 507”) , and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (21 CFR part 1 subpart L) (“FSVP regulation”) .
We are issuing this guidance consistent with our good guidance practices (GGP) regulation (21 CFR 10.115). This guidance is immediately effective because FDA has determined that prior public participation is not feasible or appropriate (21 CFR 10.115(g)(2)). The agency has made this determination because there are public health reasons for the immediate implementation of the guidance document; in particular, the guidance addresses exigent circumstances related to an ongoing public health threat.
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.
 For more information on part 117, including links to guidance that discusses the requirements mentioned in this document, see https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/fsma-final-rule-preventive-controls-human-food.
 For more information on part 507, including links to guidance that discusses the requirements mentioned in this document, see https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/fsma-final-rule-preventive-controls-animal-food.
 For more information on the FSVP regulation, including links to guidance that discusses the requirements mentioned in this document, see https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/fsma-final-rule-foreign-supplier-verification-programs-fsvp-importers-food-humans-and-animals.
- FDA To Temporarily Conduct Remote Importer Inspections Under FSVP Due to COVID-19
- FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food
- FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
- FSMA Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food
- Imports & Exports Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information
- FDA COVID-19 Information
- FDA Briefing for Foods Stakeholders on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
You can submit online or written comments on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5))
If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:
Food and Drug Administration
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Rockville, MD 20852
All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2020-D-1108.