In August 2016, FDA published its Final Rule on The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act; Extension and Clarification of Compliance Dates for Certain Provisions of Four Implementing Rules, which extended the compliance deadline for importers of food contact substances under the FSVP
Rule until May 28, 2019 in order to consider how the rule should apply to them.
FDA announced it intended to "exercise enforcement discretion for these food contact substances with regard to the FSVP
The third draft guidance addresses the term "same level of public health protection" that is used in both the FSVP
regulation and the Produce Safety regulation.
Topics include Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP
), the new food current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), requirements for a Food Safety Plan, responsibilities of ownership, management and staff, and much more.
rule brings a new player into the importation process -- the FSVP
According to Gamy, the industry has great expectations for the FSVP
proposed rule, and a more preventive approach to import produce safety would significantly reduce the frequency of product testing at the border, which can cause significant economic losses of perishable commodities.
Optionally, companies can seek certification to satisfy the FSVP
rule's on-site audit requirement.
requirements built around the framework of supplier and materials verification, ensuring clients are fully compliant with FSVP
requirements for importers of food contact substances.
As one of the newly added Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements regulated by the FDA, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP
) rule requires all importers and brokers to be responsible for their foreign suppliers through enhanced supply chain management.
Having these systems in place is not only an important step in sourcing sustainable/ traceable ingredients, it is also a key element to the success of any effective Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP
), a developing requirement for importers of botanical food products as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
requirements would go into effect 60 days after the rule's finalization, though FDA is proposing that importers be given additional time -- in general, 18 months later, depending upon compliance dates for the preventive controls and produce safety rules.