FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Course


This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which focuses on safe food practices. This course is designed for:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

The FSVP curriculum was designed by regulatory, academia, and industry professionals and developed with funding from FDA as part of the FSPCA. In contrast to the Preventive Controls (PC) rules, the FSVP rule does not require you to attend a training program following a “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Attending this course, however, will help you understand the FSVP requirements and how those requirements can be met in your particular circumstance.

Who will benefit

Any individual or corporation who is involved in the supply, transportation or purchase of food that is imported and intended for consumption in the United States. This course can also be combined with our Sanitary Transportation course, which brings added benefits to entities such as wholesalers, distributers and brokers. Quality Assurance and Regulatory personnel must educate themselves to ensure they are passing only the highest caliber of information on to their support networks and clients (internal and external).

What will you learn

  • Definition of terms such as supplier and importer as they relate to the FSVP
  • The intricacies and implications of the law, as well as assistance with determining appropriate compliance activities for your business
  • Best practices and practical applications related to the regulation
  • Dates and requirements for records to demonstrate compliance

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