FSVP Agent | FSMA FSVP Certification Certification Program | FSVP Importer

The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule came into force in the USA on May 30, 2017. FSVP is mandated by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA prescribes that the same preventive food safety standards apply to food consumed in the U.S., regardless of where the food is produced.

FSVP requires importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. Quality Smart Solutions can act as your FSVP agent. Contact us today to learn more.

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FSMA-FSVP: An Overview

Food Safety Modernization Act

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a set of rules that give the FDA new authority to regulate how foods are grown, harvested, and processed. The act mandates that the foods imported from foreign countries have high standards to meet domestic food requirements. FSMA has 7 Preventive Control Rules for Food, including Produce Safety Rule, FSVP Rule, Accredited Third-Party Certification, Sanitary Transportation Rule, Intentional Adulteration Rule, and Complying with FSMA.

Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP Agent)

Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) regulated by the FDA mandates that importers perform specific risk-based activities to ascertain that food imported to the USA is produced in a manner that meets applicable US safety standards. FSVP is similar to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) in Canada which verifies and proves to the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that the food Canadian importers import meets regulations and standards.

US Importers of Canadian Foods

The US and Canada have developed the Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement (FSSRA). The FDA FSVP requirement applies a revised set of regulations for US importers when they import food that is covered under the FSSRA from Canadian manufacturers in compliance with the CFIA. This makes it easier for US and Canadian imports and exports.

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Why should i Choose FSMA-FSVP Certification?

FSMA FSVP certification enables overseas suppliers (non-US suppliers of food products) to procure certification following an audit. It reduces the requirements of various supplier audits required by US importers by undergoing one certification audit.

What Are the Benefits of Getting an FSVP Certification?

Increase Your Professional Credibility:

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a set of rules that give the FDA new authority to regulate how foods are grown, harvested, and processed. The act mandates that the foods imported from foreign countries have high standards to meet domestic food requirements. FSMA has 7 Preventive Control Rules for Food, including Produce Safety Rule, FSVP Rule, Accredited Third-Party Certification, Sanitary Transportation Rule, Intentional Adulteration Rule, and Complying with FSMA.

Demonstrate a Commitment to Food Safety Principles:

An FSVP certification shows employers that you are committed to food safety principles and have the knowledge to back this commitment up. Having an FSVP credential proves your ability to navigate the many dimensions of keeping food safe for public health, from developing and implementing preventive controls to recognizing public health risks such as allergens and contaminants in processed food products. With this certification, you’ll become a trusted authority on these issues and will be able to communicate the importance of compliance with regulations.

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Food Safety Practices and competitive advantage

Open Opportunity for Better Visibility in the Industry:

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a set of rules that give the FDA new authority to regulate how foods are grown, harvested, and processed. The act mandates that the foods imported from foreign countries have high standards to meet domestic food requirements. FSMA has 7 Preventive Control Rules for Food, including Produce Safety Rule, FSVP Rule, Accredited Third-Party Certification, Sanitary Transportation Rule, Intentional Adulteration Rule, and Complying with FSMA.

Boost Your Competitive Edge through Training and Certifications in Food Safety Practices and Guidelines:

Gaining an FSVP certification can be a great way to promote yourself as a public health and food safety expert while boosting your competitive edge. With dedicated education and training, you will gain an in-depth understanding of effective Food Safety Practices and Guidelines. This knowledge allows you to perform at the highest level while ensuring food producers are meeting required standards and regulations.

Boost Your Competitive Edge through Training and Certifications in Food Safety Practices and Guidelines:

Formal certification provides more than a piece of paper – it opens doors. Achieving your FSVP certification grants you access to exclusive networking events and industry resources that can assist you in remaining up-to-date with food safety regulations and best practices, helping you stay engaged and informed in the sector. Additionally, having an FSVP credential on your resume signals to employers that you are a highly qualified public health professional who is dedicated to food safety.

How We Assist with FSVP Import Requirements

As a leading name in the industry, we have gained the capability to certify foreign food suppliers as a substitute to supplier audits requested by US importers under the FSMA FSVP rule. With us, you will qualify for FSMA compliance and full or modified FSVP requirements.

Qualify Your Business

We will help you qualify for full or modified FSVP requirements.

Food Safety Assessment

QSS professionals will assess food safety performance and compliance history of foreign suppliers.

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FSVP Plan Development

Our experts will assist you and your foreign suppliers to develop FSVP plans.

Certification Renewal

We will review your foreign supplier verification program certifications.

Know What Goods Are Covered by the FSVP Importer System:

Are you about to import food into the US for the first time? It’s important to determine what goods are covered by the FSVP Importer System. Generally, food products containing multiple ingredients must be packaged and labeled in accordance with FDA’s labeling requirements; they must come from a foreign supplier that is compliant with the requirements of FSVP. Additionally, certain fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and other animal-derived products must also comply with specific standards to be imported into the US.

Complete a Food Safety Plan Before Importing Dishes:

Before you import anything, you should complete a Food Safety Plan. This plan must include a hazard analysis that evaluates the potential food safety hazards associated with the foods being imported. Additionally, the Food Safety Plan must describe how those hazards will be adequately controlled throughout all stages of their importing process to ensure that they remain safe and wholesome.

Submit Entry Documents to FDA and Participating Ports-of-Entry:

Once your hazard analysis is complete and you’re ready to import foods into the US, you will need to submit entry documents to both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and participating ports-of-entry. Entry documents should include an Importer Statement, bill of lading, consignee statement, certificate of free sale or origin declaration, management contact information (if available), FDA Form 1575 (if available), name and address of foreign supplier, FDA Registration status number, food contact surface letter(s), warehouse premise identification number(s), prior notice submission number(s).

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Pre sample and Verify Packaging Labels Before Clearing Your Shipments:

Before your shipment can reach US stores, it needs to pass through FDA inspection. You should presample and verify the compliance of packaging labels to make sure they meet FSVP requirements. To do this, you need to submit a sample from each lot of product arriving at each port-of-entry to an independent laboratory for testing. Label verifications and sample analyses must be valid for 90 days from the date of clearance. After analysis is completed, all results need to be reported back to FDA in order for them to clear the shipment.

Understand International and US Laws on Food Hazards and Sanitation Requirements Using the FSVP Importer System:

Before importing food into the US, you must be sure to familiarize yourself with all relevant international and US laws on food hazards and sanitation requirements. The FSVP importer system requires you to be aware of federal regulations such as the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, Bioterrorism Act of 2002, Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and Trade Fair Labeling Law. By understanding these regulations, you can ensure your products meet all necessary safety standards before they are permitted entry into the US.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a set of rules that give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to regulate how foods are grown, harvested, and processed. The act mandates that the foods imported from foreign countries have high standards to meet domestic food requirements. FSMA has 7 Preventive Control Rules for food, including produce safety rule, FSVP rule, accredited third-party certification, sanitary transportation rule, intentional adulteration rule, and complying with FSMA.

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that importers perform specific risk-based activities to ascertain that food imported to the USA is produced in a manner that meets applicable US safety standards. FSVP is like the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) in Canada which verifies and proves to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that  food imported into Canada meets regulations and standards.

The US and Canada have developed the Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement (FSSRA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) applies a revised set of regulations for US importers when they import food that is covered under the FSSRA from Canadian manufacturers in compliance with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This makes it easier for US and Canadian imports and exports.

If you manufacture, process, preserve, treat, package, grade, or label for inter-provincial trade or export fish products using a meat product as an ingredient, you must have a Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) license to conduct these activities or be imported by an SFC license holder.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) enables overseas suppliers (non-US suppliers of food products) to procure certification following an audit. It reduces the requirements of various supplier audits required by US importers by undergoing one certification audit.

No, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) applies to the United States only.

The FSMA, which was signed in 2011, aims to ensure that the United States food supply is free of contamination. The Act put in place regulations that help prevent contamination instead of responding to it which was the previous normal process. The regulations apply to both food and animal food.

Follow these 7 steps when verifying your FSVP plan:

Step 1: Review Compliance Status

Step 2: Perform Hazard Analysis

Step 3: Verify Suppliers

Step 4: Take Corrective Action

Step 5: Provide Importer Identification Upon Entry

Step 6: Maintain accurate records over time

Step 7:  Reassess the FSVP plan over consistently

The FSVP program requires that a resident of the United States serves as the FSVP importer. The FSVP agent is responsible for maintaining the food safety-related documentation.

What is the objective of the FSRP? The FSRP encourages national industry organizations to develop food safety systems in line with a systematic and preventive approach to food safety called Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), which in turn strengthens Canada’s food system.

  • FSMA rule: Produce safety rule.
  • FSMA rule: Foreign supplier verification program (FSVP).
  • FSMA rule: Sanitary transportation rule.
  • FSMA rule: Protection against intentional adulteration.
  • FSMA rule: Accredited third-party certification.
  • FSMA rule: Preventive control rule for human and animal food.

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