This week FDA published two proposed rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on its foreign supplier verification program (FSVP) and accreditation of third-party auditors. FDA’s proposed rule on the FSVP would establish a risk-based framework in which importers of food analyze hazards reasonably likely to occur and then take measures to verify that these hazards are adequately controlled by the foreign supplier, importer, or importer’s customer.
The proposed accreditation rule would provide for accreditation of third-party auditors and certification bodies to conduct food safety audits of foreign food entities, including registered foreign food facilities, and to issue food and facility certifications. ABA is reviewing the proposals in preparation for comment development on behalf of the membership. Comments are due to FDA by November 26, 2013.