Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Services

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  • Training / Workshops
  • Import Supplier Certification (ISC)
  • FSMA Readiness Audits
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FSMA Compliance Specialists

No matter where you are in the FSMA process, NSF offers a suite of services that, separately or bundled, will assist your business in achieving and maintaining FSMA requirements.

We provide services that:

  • Check your FSMA readiness
  • Cover key industry sectors impacted by FSMA requirements including produce growers, animal feed producers, food processors, importers and transporters
  • Provide proper and necessary documentation
  • Provide FSMA accredited training anywhere in the world
  • Provide accredited training for timely FSMA compliance globally
  • Are best suited to meet your needs and available as a complete package, separately or bundled
  • Allow for continuous food quality and safety improvement

Backed by over 70 years of food safety expertise, you can trust us to assist your organization in meeting FSMA requirements.

To learn more about FSMA, visit the FDA’s FSMA website.

Training / Workshops

NSF has been providing superior food safety training for more than 20 years. We offer several courses and training to help you prepare for, and comply with, FSMA regulations in a timely manner.

Our courses are taught by passionate technical trainers/subject matter experts who bring their industry experience and depth of knowledge to help you understand the FDA’s foundational rules to implement FSMA, including preventive controls for human and animal food, produce safety, foreign supplier verification programs and intentional adulteration.

We offer FSMA workshops and webinars with hands-on learning and interaction with NSF subject matter experts allowing you to gain the knowledge, skills and tools to develop, implement and maintain a food safety plan to meet FSMA requirements. FSMA courses include FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food (PCQI training), Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), Integrating HACCP Food Safety Plans with FSMA Food Safety Preventive Control Plans, Food Defense and Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment.

Visit the NSF Training and Education course schedule for more information on these and other training workshops.

Import Supplier Certification (ISC)

NSF's import supplier certification program certifies supplier compliance to U.S. food safety regulations under the FDA’s Third-Party Accredited Certification program. Certification to an FDA-recognized third-party certification program is required for products imported under the FDA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which provides importers with expedited entry of product into the USA.

NSF's import supplier certification program provides peace of mind for suppliers and their importing customers that their products will sail through customs when they enroll in the VQIP.

NSF's import supplier certification does double duty by also reducing the number of customer audits you may experience. It is accepted by the FDA as an appropriate supplier verification activity for FSMA supply chain program and FSVP requirements. FSVP importers can use this certification to verify supplier compliance with FDA regulations. Suppliers gain competitive advantage with this program that provides confidence in FDA FSMA regulatory compliance.

Contact us today and see how we can help.

FSMA Readiness Audits

NSF supply chain audits help businesses evaluate their readiness for compliance with the U.S. FDA’s expanded requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Developed by NSF, these audits were created for three key industry sectors: food processors, animal feed producers and importers.

Our FSMA readiness audits evaluate current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and preventive controls to assist facilities in understanding where they have opportunities for improving adherence to the FSMA requirements. These are not regulatory audits, but rather help a facility prepare for the new regulatory requirements and FSMA compliance.

FSMA readiness is essential to the success of your business in this new regulatory environment. NSF’s 70 years of experience in food safety, as well as our knowledge of FSMA compliance make us the perfect partner to help ensure successful navigation of the FSMA requirements.

Why Work With NSF?

With over 70 years of industry experience and a seasoned team of food safety experts on staff, NSF’s industry knowledge is unparalleled. We can provide FSMA guidance and help you work through potential challenges. Simply put, our knowledge and experience will work to your advantage, enabling you to get to market more quickly.

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  • Open What is FSMA and what are the requirements?

    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act looks to establish accountability for proactive identification and control of food safety risks in the U.S. food supply. FSMA also seeks to provide greater safety assurance of imported foods through third-party accreditation certification and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP).

  • Open How is FSMA different from FDA inspection?

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is an FDA regulation and law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA) is the government authority responsible for enforcement of the law. The FDA conducts inspections to verify compliance with the regulation. The FDA enforces the FSMA regulation and additional FDA regulations that preceded FSMA, such as the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and other U.S. FDA regulations.

  • Open What is FSVP and what are the requirements?

    The Foreign Supplier Verification Program is a requirement under FSMA regulations for those who import ingredients that will receive further processing in the U.S..

    Under FSVP supplier approval requirements, importers of foods must analyze the hazards of imported food, evaluate the performance of their foreign suppliers and the risk posed by the foods to be imported, and conduct appropriate verification activities such as on-site auditing, sampling, testing and review of records. NSF’s import supplier certification audit can be used to meet the FSVP supplier on-site audit verification activity requirements.

  • Open What other options are there for supplier verification activities?

    Whether domestic or foreign, the supplier’s control measures, including records review and testing, must be verified by an outside agent. On-site audits can be conducted by the buyer or by a third-party qualified auditor.

    The buyer cannot rely only on the supplier’s own self-assessments or record reviews. The buyer must also take corrective action with the supplier for failures and the buyer must maintain records of these evaluations.

  • Open What NSF services will meet FSVP requirements?

    It is the responsibility of the importer to determine what verification activity meets the needs of their program, including the scope of on-site audits, whether that be a custom audit, a GFSI certification audit or an FDA FSMA-accredited regulatory audit. NSF offers many second- and third-party audit options performed by qualified auditors to fully evaluate all the importer’s compliance requirements.

    • FDA FSMA accredited certification: NSF’s import supplier certification
    • GFSI benchmarked certifications: BRC, IFS, SQF, FSSC, GLOBALG.A.P., CanadaGAP and PrimusGFS
    • FSMA readiness
    • GMP audits
    • HACCP audits
    • Customer-specific audits
  • Open What if my supplier plant is already GFSI certified?

    GFSI programs are an acceptable verification activity if deemed appropriate according to the risk assessment conducted by the importer. Importers may require additional verification activity or be audited against specific FDA regulations to provide greater assurance.

    GFSI programs are not currently accepted by the FDA for VQIP importers or for FDA high-risk import certification.

  • Open What is VQIP and what are the requirements?

    The Voluntary Qualified Importer Program provides expedited entry of products into the U.S. Under VQIP, suppliers must be certified against FDA regulations by an FDA accredited third-party certifier such as NSF. The U.S. importer enrolls with the FDA for VQIP and registers all suppliers and products.

  • Open What is the NSF import supplier certification audit?

    The NSF’s import supplier certification audit meets the FDA FSMA regulations. The audit requires document and record reviews and on-site facility audits annually, performed at the foreign facility.

    This certification, or an acceptable alternative, is required for suppliers to VQIP importers and high-risk imports. It is an option for domestic FSVP import supplier verification.

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