FDA to launch online portal for importers

FDA to launch online portal for importers

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The Food and Drug Administration is launching an online food safety resource for produce importers three months ahead of its original planned release.

The Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) is a voluntary fee-based program through the Food Safety Modernization Act that allows expedited imports for approved companies. The VQIP application portal will go live Oct. 1, according to a news release.

Importers who want to use the program must file a Notice of Intent to Participate and submit applications for fiscal year 2020. Participants must be able to show the FDA they can ensure facilities of their foreign suppliers are certified under the FSMA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program, according to a news release.

More information is available on the VQIP webpage, and people can access the program’s help desk at (301) 796-8745, or via e-mail at FSMAVQIP@fda.hhs.gov.

The FDA has scheduled a web seminar at 1-1:45 p.m. Eastern Sept. 20. Participation is limited. Registration is online, and a recording of the web seminar will be posted later.