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Foreign Supplier Verification Program


What does the FSVP Rule do?

The rule ensures that imported foods meet the same level of food safety standards that are required of food produced in the U.S.

The rule gives the U.S. importer the responsibility of verifying that its foreign suppliers are doing what they need to do to meet those requirements.

Key principles of the FSVP Rule

Importers share responsibility with foreign suppliers to ensure safety of food imported into the U.S.

FSVP requirements are risk-based (according to types of food, types of hazards, and supplier performance).

Importers have flexibility in how they meet requirements.

Who is an importer under the FSVP Rule? Do you need to comply?

"...If there is no U.S. owner or consignee of an article of food at the time of U.S. entry, the importer is the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner or consignee at the time of entry, as confirmed in a signed statement of consent to serve as the importer under this subpart." [21 CFR part 2, Subpart L, 1.500 Definitions]

The FDA has published a worksheet to help you determine whether FSVP applies to you. View the PDF worksheet or use our free interactive online tool.

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What are the Responsibilities of the FSVP?

  • Determining known or reasonably foreseeable hazards with each food imported
  • Evaluating the risk posed by the food (based on a hazard analysis and foreign supplier’s performance)
  • Using that evaluation to approve suppliers
  • Conducting supplier verification activates and
  • Conducting corrective actions

Learn more about the FSVP Rule

Read the FSVP Fact Sheet by the FDA

Take an FSVP Training Course: Search FSVP course list

FSVP Training

Who Needs FSVP Training?

  • U.S.‐based importers who meet the definition of “importer” in the FSVP rule, which includes those who own or are the consignee of food at the time of entry, or, if no owner or consignee exists, the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner.
  • Others who have an interest in ensuring that the requirements of the FSVP rule are met, including brokers, exporters, foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S., persons/business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources, and representatives of foreign governments.

FDA 2-day FSVP Course

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Online, 1-hour Introduction to FSVP Course

One-hour online course explains the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule and what it means to importers.

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