Posted: 23 Mar 2016 03:24 AM PDT
By Ricardo Carvajal –
That’s our take-away from FDA’s recent public meeting on the implementation of FSMA’s import provisions and the associated regulations (FSVP, VQIP, and Accredited Third Party Certification). Several comments made at the meeting suggest that many importers may still be unaware of the advent of FSMA’s import-related requirements – perhaps not surprising, given that importers as a class are a new constituency for FDA.
Although the compliance date for the FSVP regulation is still over a year away, importers should already be digesting that regulation and considering its implications for their operations. FDA is scheduling public meetings to help that process along, and this first meeting is expected to be followed by others in different geographic locations. During the meeting, FDA staff presented on the basic requirements of the regulations, the status of the agency’s implementation activities, and an overview of international outreach efforts. Among the many issues discussed during the Q&A sessions were these:
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