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Proposed regulations for foreign supplier verification programs fsvps

Proposed Regulations for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs)

http://www.fda.gov/fsma


Key principles

Key Principles

  • Importers would be responsible for ensuring that the food they bring into the U.S. meets FDA safety standards

  • The requirements provide flexibility based on the risk of the food

  • Under FSMA section 404, requirements must be consistent with WTO, other agreements


Who is covered

Who Is Covered?

  • All importers must establish and follow an FSVP, unless otherwise exempted.

  • U.S. importer is the person who has purchased the food offered for import.

    • If there is no U.S. owner at the time of entry, the importer is the U.S. consignee

    • If no U.S. owner or consignee at time of entry, the importer is the U.S. agent/representative of the foreign owner/consignee.


Who is exempt

Who Is Exempt?

  • Importers of juice and seafood whose suppliers are in compliance with the HACCP program (part 120 or 123)

  • Small quantities of food imported for research and evaluation purposes

  • Food imported for personal consumption


Who is exempt cont d

Who Is Exempt (cont’d)

  • Low acid canned food (microbial hazards only)

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Food that is transshipped or that is imported for future export and not consumed or distributed in the U.S.


Overview of fsvp

Overview of FSVP

  • Importers’ FSVPs must ensure that:

    • The supplier uses procedures that provide the same level of protection as those required under the preventive controls or produce safety regulations (if applicable)

    • The food is not adulterated or misbranded regarding allergen labeling


Overview of fsvp cont d

Overview of FSVP (cont’d)

The requirements vary based on:

  • Type of food product

  • Category of importer, such as very small

  • Nature of the hazard identified in the food

  • Who is to control the hazard


Fsvp requirements

FSVP Requirements

  • In general, importers would need to conduct the following activities:

    • Compliance status review of foods and suppliers

    • Hazard analysis

    • Supplier verification activities

    • Complaint reviews, investigations, and corrective actions (if necessary)

    • Periodic reassessment of the FSVP

    • Importer identification at entry

    • Recordkeeping


Requirements cont d

Requirements (cont’d)

  • Compliance status review – the importer would need to determine whether the food or supplier is the subject of a warning letter, import alert, or certification requirement

  • Hazard analysis – the importer would need to identify hazards reasonably likely to occur for each food imported


Requirements cont d1

Requirements (cont’d)

  • Verification activities – importers to conduct activities that provide adequate assurances hazards identified are adequately controlled

  • Corrective actions – importers review complaints received concerning foods they import; investigate causes of adulteration; take appropriate corrective actions; revise FSVPs when they appear inadequate


Requirements cont d2

Requirements (cont’d)

  • Periodic reassessment of the FSVP – within 3 years of establishing the FSVP or within 3 years of the last assessment; sooner if new information surfaces about potential hazards associated with the food

  • Importer identification at entry (name and DUNS number)

  • Recordkeeping


Control of hazards

Control of Hazards

  • The requirements for supplier verification are primarily based on who is to control the hazards identified as reasonably likely to occur in a food

  • FDA is proposing two options for when the foreign supplier controls the hazard or verifies control by its supplier; the options differ primarily according to the nature of the hazard


Option 1

Option 1

  • If the foreign supplier controls the hazard at its establishment and there is a reasonable probability that exposure to the hazard will result in serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals (SAHCODHA), the importer would be required to conduct or obtain documentation of onsite auditing of the foreign supplier


Option 1 cont d

Option 1 (cont’d)

  • For non-SAHCODHA hazards controlled by the foreign supplier, the importer would be required to conduct one or more verification activities before using or distributing the food, including:

    • Onsite auditing

    • Sampling and testing

    • Review of supplier food safety records

    • Some other appropriate procedure


Option 1 cont d1

Option 1 (cont’d)

  • Onsite auditing would also be required for microbiological hazards in certain raw agricultural commodities


Option 2

Option 2

  • For all hazards that the foreign supplier will either control or verify that its supplier is controlling, importers would need to choose a verification procedure from among:

    • Onsite auditing

    • Sampling and testing

    • Review of supplier food safety records

    • Some other appropriate procedure


Option 2 cont d

Option 2 (cont’d)

  • In determining which verification activities are needed and how often they should be conducted, the importer would need to consider:

    • Risk presented by the hazard

    • Probability that exposure to the hazard would result in serious harm

    • Food and foreign supplier’s compliance status


Modified fsvp requirements

Modified FSVP Requirements

  • Importation of a dietary supplement or dietary supplement component

  • Importation of food by very small importer or from very small foreign supplier

  • Importation of food from a foreign supplier in good compliance standing with a food safety system FDA has officially recognized as comparable to U.S. system


Fsvp and preventive controls

FSVP and Preventive Controls

  • FDA intends to align the supplier verification provisions in the FSVP regulations with any supplier verification provisions that are included in the final rules on preventive controls for both human and animal food


Compliance dates

Compliance Dates

  • FDA is proposing to provide adequate time before importers would be required to come into compliance (generally 18 months after publication of the final rule)


Education and technical assistance

Education and Technical Assistance

  • Produce Safety Alliance (Cornell University, FDA, USDA)

    • www.producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu

  • Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance and Sprout Safety Alliance

    Institute for Food Safety and Health – FDA grant to Illinois Institute of Technology

    www.iit.edu/ifsh/alliance/index.shtml

    www.iit.edu/ifsh/sprout_safety/


Alliances primary goals

Alliances’ Primary Goals

  • Standardized training and education

  • Education and outreach

  • Develop training modules and delivery mechanisms

  • Help develop guidance

  • Source of information to the food industry


Input from fsma partners is vital

Input from FSMA Partners Is Vital

  • Proposals are opportunity for government, industry, and the public to partner with FDA in putting FSMA regulations in place

  • Your comments and feedback are important to us!

  • Please provide your views, questions, and concerns to help FDA finalize the rules


How to comment on the proposed rules

How to Comment on the Proposed Rules

  • Go to www.regulations.gov or www.fda.gov/fsma

  • Published July 29, 2013; comments due Nov. 26, 2013 (120 days)

  • Comment period on produce and preventive controls rules extended to Nov. 15 to enable comment on how the rules can best work together


How to comment on the regulatory impact analysis

How to Comment on the Regulatory Impact Analysis

  • Comments are being accepted separately on the Preliminary Regulatory Impact Analysis (PRIA)

  • The PRIA is available at:

  • http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/

    ReportsManualsForms/Reports/

    EconomicAnalyses/default.htm.


Web page http www fda gov fsma

Web Page: http://www.fda.gov/fsma


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