The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Guidance document that provides details on its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) for food importers.
Under its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA is required to establish a voluntary, fee-based programs for the expedited review of foods from importers who achieve a high level of control over the safety and security of their food supply chains. The Guidance document describes the FDA’s position regarding participation in the VQIP, and includes specific information on eligibility criteria for participation in the program, instructions for completing the application to participate in the VQIP, and conditions that may result in the suspension or revocation of VQIP participation.
Guidance documents issued by the FDA provide important information that can help manufacturers and importers achieve compliance with the Agency’s requirements. However, they are solely intended to present the FDA’s current view of a given topic and do not have the force of law.
The complete text of the FDA’s Guidance for Industry on the VQIP is available here.