The FDA’s focus on import safety means importers are responsible for ensuring foreign suppliers have adequate preventative controls in place so food imported from abroad is as safe as domestic food. LRQA is working towards FDA-recognised accreditation to deliver food safety audits and Accredited Third-Party Certification under FSMA which introduced a Third-Party Certification voluntary programme for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies. This includes conducting food safety audits and certification of foreign entities, including farms, and the foods they produce.
Why consider FSMA foreign supplier certification?
Our accredited FSMA certification under the FDA third party programme can add market and competitive advantage to any business supplying into the US from abroad and help you verify supplier requirements under the Food Safety Verification Program and Preventive Controls rule. Certification can help you build trust and credibility that your business is fulfilling your responsibilities under FSMA. Additionally, if you know that the US businesses you wish to supply to are seeking VQIP participation, then FSMA foreign supplier certification can make you an attractive prospect.
Benefits of FSMA
Increase market reach
Ensure you meet the US conditions of entry.
Ensure compliance with FDA safety standards.
Help buyers establish eligibility
Importers will be able to establish their eligibility to participate in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Programme (VQIP).
Why work with us?
History of excellence
We have extensive global food supply chain and food safety experience and have been at the forefront of food safety standards development with regards to HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000.
We have local experts across the world who can work with you to help you meet the standards required by the FSMA.
Your business helps LRQA to help others
The profits we generate fund the LRQA Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.
Independent & Impartial
We maintain our independence and impartiality by proactively managing conflicts of interest across all LRQA businesses including those which may exist between consultancy and third-party certification services. We will not offer consultancy services for any management system that is in the process of or has completed accredited third-party certification with LR. Further, if we are already providing consultancy services relating to a management system, we will not offer any accredited third-party assessment services.
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AIC – Agricultural Industries Confederation
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) was formed in 2003 and is the UK’s leading trade association for the agri-supply industry.
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