FSMA — The 7 Rules

This is an online informational session on the seven FSMA Rules. The session is intended to introduce and clarify what FSMA entails. Because sections were abbreviated for these presentations, the information provided is only an overview and should not be relied upon as a substitute for reading the final rule, or obtaining legal advice, or as a summary of all regulatory requirements. Every company must conduct its own detailed review of the final rule. No certificates of completion will be issued after reading these modules.

The modules below briefly give a background of the law and cover some of the highlights of the final rules in six modules (Module II covers two rules):


Module I. Produce Safety

As of January 26, 2018, larger farms must comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule that establishes science-based standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables for human consumption. Compliance dates are staggered based on farm size, with small farms complying by 2019 and very small farms in 2020.

Dr. Samir Assar, Director of CFSAN Division of Produce Safety, explained in a conversation what is occurring and what may be expected to occur, including enforcement discretion, the On Farm Readiness Review, Produce Safety Network, the Produce International Partnership, and others.


Module II. cGMP and Preventive Controls for Human Food


Module III. Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)

What do importers need to know? Q&A

What do manufacturers/processors covered by the Preventive Control Supply-Chain need to know about FSVP? By FDA

Compliance Dates for the Final Rule on FSVP for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals

Guidance for Industry: Compliance with Providing An Acceptable Unique Facility Identifier for the FSVP regulations

Guidance for Industry: Recognition of Acceptable Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) for the FSVP regulation

Draft Guidance for Industry: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals

Guidance for Industry: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals: What you Need to Know About the FDA Regulation; Small Entity Compliance Guide

Draft Guidance for Industry: Considerations for Determining Whether a Measure Provides the Same Level of Public Health Protection as the Corresponding Requirement in 21 CFR 112 or the Preventive Controls Requirements in part 117 or 507

Chapter 15: Supply-Chain Program for Human Food Products Draft Guidance

Guidance for Industry: Application of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Regulation to Importers of Grain Raw Agricultural Commodities


Module IV. Accredited Third-Party Certification Program

On January 31, 2018, FDA announced that ANSI-ASQ became the first accreditation body they will recognize under the Accredited Third-Party Certification program.

The Accredited Third-Party Certification is a voluntary program that FDA uses to recognize accreditation bodies that will accredit certification bodies that, in turn, will audit and certify foreign food entities. These certifications may be used by foreign food facilities (1) to establish their eligibility for participation in the fee-based Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) that offers expedited review and entry of food into the U.S. Simplistically, VQIP is similar to the TSA Precheck program. “In rare and specific circumstances,” the certifications may also be used (2) to provide documentation to the FDA that the food entering the U.S. offers the same level of public health protection as those required of U.S. foods. Key Facts about the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program and a public registry of recognized accreditation bodies are posted on the FDA website.

FDA consumer safety officers Doriliz De Leon and Amelia Tetterton explain the benefits of the VQIP.


Module V. Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

The U.S. FDA free online training course for carriers was published on September 21, 2017 and is available for immediate use.

Waivers from Requirements of the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule were also published.

Guidance for Industry: Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food: What You Need to Know About the FDA Regulation. Small Entity Compliance Guide


Module VI. Intentional Adulteration


For compliance dates, please consult the FSPCA reference sheets in English and in Spanish.


As part of FSMA implementation, the Food Facility Registration rule was finalized on July 14, 2016.  A summary of the requirements is included.


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