Late last week, FDA approved ABA’s request for an extension of FSMA Biennial Registration Renewal. The agency indicated that since registration did not become available until October 22, 2012, FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion with respect to registration renewals submitted to FDA after December 31, 2012, for a period of 31 days, until January 31, 2013. Please see the newly-posted Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Fifth Edition) for the agency's statement.
Click here to access the guidance document as well as a newly-posted Registration Small Entity Guidance.
Even in light of the extension, FDA indicated that it would appreciate assistance in continuing to encourage companies to renew their registrations early.