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)
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)
Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (Seafood HACCP)
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
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.
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:
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