The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), as an accreditation body under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for a period of five years.
Accreditation bodies recognized by FDA have the authority to accredit third-party certification bodies. These certification bodies, once accredited, can conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities (including farms) and the foods—both human and animal—that they produce. Those certifications are required to be used by importers to establish eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program. In addition, those certifications may be used in certain circumstances where the FDA can require that imported products be certified before entering the United States.
JANAAC is being recognized as having the authority to accredit certification bodies with the ability to conduct food safety audits under the following scopes of accreditation:
- Acidified Foods (AF)
- Dietary Supplements
- Juice Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (Juice HACCP)
- Low-Acid Canned Foods (LACF)
- Medicated Feed Current Good Manufacturing Practices (Medicated Feed CGMPs)
- Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF)
- Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF)
- Produce Safety
- Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (Seafood HACCP)
- Shell Eggs
For more information on the eligibility criteria for recognition, see Key Facts about the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program.