New Programs for Importers of Food

FDA has announced the launching of two new programs to ensure foods imported into the United States are produced in accordance with the same safety standards as domestically produced food.

1. Voluntary  Accredited Third-Party Certification Program 

 Accredited Third-Party Certification Program   is a program that allows FDA to recognize third parties that will have the responsibility of accrediting third-party certification bodies that will in turn conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities. 

2. Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)

VQIP  is a voluntary fee-based program that will offer expedited review and entry of human and animal food. Importers who wish to participate will be required to meet a number of requirements which  include ensuring the facilities of their foreign supplier are certified under the accredited third-party certification program .  

Importers who may wish to take advantage of the program benefits can read more here.


In addition, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will host a conference with a simultaneous webinar on February 20, 2018.  Read more about the conference.



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