US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Are you ready to comply with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?
SGS can help you to ensure compliance across your food facilities and supply chain with FSMA audit, training, testing and technical services.
The most sweeping reform of US food safety laws in 70 years, FSMA shifts the industry’s focus away from responding to contamination events to preventing them. Such a step-change requires the updating and alignment of policies, processes and their implementation to meet the FDA’s seven foundational rules for FSMA compliance:
- Preventive Controls for Human Food
- Preventive Controls for Food for Animals
- Produce Safety
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)
- Accredited Third-Party Certification
- Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
- Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration
Do The FSMA Compliance Requirements Apply To You?
Covered facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for humans or animal food are subject to FSMA. Also produce farms, US importers, shippers, receivers, loaders, or carriers who transport food in the United States are subject to FSMA. If your operation falls within this scope, then it must comply with all applicable elements of the regulation.
FSMA offers exemptions for specific products and certain qualified premises. We can advise if your operation falls within scope or may benefit from an exemption. You can check if FSMA applies to you by using SGS’s FSMA quick check questionnaire.
Importing To The US?
The Foreign Supplier Verification Scheme (FSVP) requires importers to verify that the goods they import meet US safety standards, using risk-based assessments. The outcome of a supplier risk assessment will decide whether a further onsite audit is required as a verification activity or testing and other activities may be applicable for certain supplier categories.
Once the accredited FSMA certification scheme becomes available, US importers will also be able to request their foreign suppliers to obtain accredited FSMA certification.
SGS FSMA Audits
Whatever your role in the food supply chain – producer, processor, manufacturer, packer or importer – you may already have food safety programs, and likely certifications, in place. SGS’s comprehensive FSMA gap assessment and audit program simplify the FSMA compliance process for food facilities, and reduce the need for multiple audits.
Get Ready: Train Your Staff For FSMA Implementation
SGS offers Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training courses in public, onsite and virtual formats. The virtual PCQI class minimizes business disruption and maximizes employees’ time. Check out the SGS Academy’s FSMA training courses.
SGS Technical Services to Complete Your Compliance Journey
If you own or operate a US facility, or are an importer covered by the FSMA rules, there are training, risk assessment, labeling, supply chain management, audit, testing and other requirements that apply to you. SGS offers a range of technical support services around all of these requirements and can help you navigate through this complex facilitate your compliance journey.
Through its global network of food labs, SGS can help you comply with the environmental monitoring, water testing, supply chain and allergen management requirements of FSMA. With a variety of testing protocols and expertise, SGS is the one-stop-shop for all your food testing needs.
Transparency-One: The FSMA Compliance Platform
Transparency-One facilitates the FSMA compliance journey by automating supplier verification and approval. Using cutting-edge, cloud-based technology and real-time, supply-chain data, it helps companies track their high-risk ingredients to the source, providing manufacturers with:
- Supplier information: capture information for all suppliers, products, ingredients, facilities and country of origin, and map supply chains from direct suppliers to the farm. You can also search suppliers, country of origin and/or ingredients to see potentially impacted products in the event of an issue
- Document management: capture compliance documentation for suppliers, products, and facilities, including certifications, audits and customized check-lists
- Approvals and reporting: support an approval process for the declaration of information both internally and via the supplier portal for chain of custody
Find out more about Transparency-One.
How far are you from FSMA?
SGS has developed a free online FSMA self-assessment tool. Get started now >
The SGS FSMA White Paper
Find further details on the Food Safety Modernization Act and download the SGS FSMA white paper.
SGS Academy FSMA Training Schedule
Sign up to an SGS FSMA training course.