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Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Food Safety Modernization Act

find out if you need to comply with fsvp foreign supplier verification programDo you import food or food ingredients? If so, you probably fall under the new FDA Law: Food Modernization Act (FSMA).

This short exercise will help you determine whether FSVP applies to you.

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What does the FSVP Rule do?

The rule ensures that imported foods meet the same level of food safety standards that are required of food produced in the U.S.

The rule gives the U.S. importer the responsibility of verifying that its foreign suppliers are doing what they need to do to meet those requirements.

Key principles of the FSVP Rule

Importers share responsibility with foreign suppliers to ensure safety of food imported into the U.S.

FSVP requirements are risk-based (according to types of food, types of hazards, and supplier performance).

Importers have flexibility in how they meet requirements.

Who is an importer under the FSVP Rule?

"...If there is no U.S. owner or consignee of an article of food at the time of U.S. entry, the importer is the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner or consignee at the time of entry, as confirmed in a signed statement of consent to serve as the importer under this subpart." [21 CFR part 2, Subpart L, 1.500 Definitions]

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What are the Responsibilities of the FSVP?

  1. Determining known or reasonably foreseeable hazards with each food imported
  2. Evaluating the risk posed by the food (based on a hazard analysis and foreign supplier’s performance)
  3. Using that evaluation to approve suppliers
  4. Conducting supplier verification activates and
  5. Conducting corrective actions

Learn more about the FSVP Rule

Read the FSVP Fact Sheet by the FDA

Take an FSVP Training Course: Search FSVP course list

What does the training cover?

  • Chapter 1: Context: FSMA and FSVP
  • Chapter 2: Setting the Stage: Building the Foundation for the FSVP Process
  • Chapter 3: Overview of the requirements
  • Chapter 4: Hazard Analysis
  • Chapter 5: Evaluation and Approval of Foreign Supplier
  • Chapter 6: Foreign Supplier Verification
  • Chapter 7: Reevaluation Foreign Supplier Performance
  • Chapter 8: Importer Identification
  • Chapter 9: Importance of Records
  • Chapter 10: FDA Oversight
  • Preventive Controls and Produce Safety Session

FSVP Training

Who is the training for?

  • U.S.‐based importers who meet the definition of “importer” in the FSVP rule, which includes those who own or are the consignee of food at the time of entry, or, if no owner or consignee exists, the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner.
  • Others who have an interest in ensuring that the requirements of the FSVP rule are met, including brokers, exporters, foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S., persons/business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources, and representatives of foreign governments.
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New FSMA Course dates!

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PCQI Training

Become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

June 27-29

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FSVP Training

Learn to comply with FSMA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program

June 25-26

November 13-14

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FSMA Info

What is PCQI?

Who needs PCQI Training?

What is HARPC?

FSMA & FSSC 22000

New FSMA Course dates!

pcqi training

PCQI Training

Become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

June 27-29

View PCQI Course details


FSVP Training

Learn to comply with FSMA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program

June 25-26

November 13-14

View FSVP Course details


Get Notified of New Training Dates

Interested in PCQI Training Updates? Enter your email and we will notify you when new classes are offered.


New: View a list of FSMA Training World Wide Course Offerings on the FSMA Resource Center


FSMA Info

What is PCQI?

Who needs PCQI Training?

What is HARPC?

FSMA & FSSC 22000