VQIPVoluntary Qualified Importer Program (US FDA)
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FSMA required FDA to establish the voluntary, fee-based VQIP program "for the expedited review and importation of foods from importers who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains." This control includes importation of food from facilities that have been certified as following appropriate food safety practices under FDA's Accredited Third-Party Certification regulations, also required by FSMA.
FDA anticipates that VQIP application review will be limited in the program's first year due to the demands on resources.
FDA has estimated a possible fee amount based on the number of importers expected to participate in VQIP (200 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018) and an estimate of the costs of administering the program ($3.4 million in FY 2018).
FDA will use certifications issued by accredited third-party auditors for both its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) and FSVP.