FDA Recognizes ANAB as first Accreditation Body for FSMA; announces launch of VQIP

On January 31, 2018, the FDA announced that ANAB has been accepted into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s voluntary Accredited Third-Party Certification Program, which was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act to expand FDA’s oversight of imported foods.

ANAB is the first accreditation body to gain FDA recognition for the program.

As an accreditation body recognized by FDA, ANAB has the authority to accredit third-party certification bodies that will conduct food safety audits of foreign food entities using FDA's safety standards and, based on their audit findings, may issue certifications of foreign food facilities and the foods they produce for people and animals.

On January 31, 2018, the FDA also announced that it had officially launched the FSMA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). Importers interested in participating in VQIP will be required to meet a number of eligibility requirements, which include ensuring the facilities of their foreign supplier are certified under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program.

Lloyd’s Register is working towards accreditation in order to deliver accredited certification under the FDA FSMA program.

Read the FDA’s announcement.

For questions, to express interest or to discuss your potential participation in VQIP and/or your organization’s accredited third party certification under the FDA FSMA program, please contact us at info-usa@lrqa.com.