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FSMA Update: FDA Launches Accredited Third-Party Certification Site

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On Wednesday FDA launched a website where organizations can apply to be recognized as a third-party accreditation body. The certifications are used either to establish eligibility to participate in the voluntary qualified importer program, which provides expedited review and entry of food for eligible participants, or in circumstances in which FDA requires an imported food to be certified to keep potentially harmful food from entering the United States.

“Accredited Third-Party Certification is a voluntary program in which FDA recognizes ‘accreditation bodies’ that will have the responsibility of accrediting third-party ‘certification bodies’. The certification bodies will conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities.” – FDA

Organizations can fill out a program application on FDA’s website.

Ask the FDA: Recognizing Third Party Accreditation Bodies

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Ask the FDA: Recognizing Third Party Accreditation Bodies

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Stephen Ostroff, 2016 Food Safety Consortium

READ: The Multi-Step Process of Third-Party Accreditation Stephen Ostroff, M.D. will keynote at the 2017 Food Safety Consortium on November 29 | Learn moreDuring a Town Hall at the 2016 Food Safety Consortium, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, M.D. answers an attendee’s question about the agency’s guidance, Third-Party Certification Body Accreditation for Food Safety Audits: Model Accreditation Standards and what progress FDA has made in recognizing accreditation bodies.

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FDA Issues Final Rule on FSMA Third-Party Certification User Fee Program

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This week FDA issued a final rule that provides for a user fee program to evaluate fees and require reimbursement for work that FDA performs to establish and administer the third-party certification program. The rule, “Amendments to Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies To Conduct Food Safety Audits and To Issue Certifications To Provide for the User Fee Program”, is effective January 13, 2017.

FDA also announced its fiscal year 2017 fee rate for accreditation bodies that are applying to be recognized by the third-party certification program. The fee will remain in effect through September 30, 2017.

FSMA Update: FDA Submits Final Produce, FSVP, and Third-Party Accreditation Rules

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Industry awaits Federal Register publication.

Today FDA announced that it submitted the final FSMA rules for produce safety, foreign supplier verification and third-party accreditation rules. As we await final publication by the Federal Register, here’s a look back at some of Food Safety Tech’s recent coverage related to FSMA issues:

Is your supplier program aligned with new FSMA rules?

The Real Cost of Not Having an Effective Food Safety Management System

How Does SQF Certification Prepare You for Better FSMA Compliance?

FDA Awards $600,000 for FSMA Training Center

Not to miss event this month: FDA to Weigh In on FSMA Enforcement at Food Safety Consortium