The FDA named ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board as the first recognized accreditation body under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program. Accredited Third-Party Certification is a voluntary program in which FDA recognizes “accreditation bodies” that will have the responsibility of accrediting third-party “certification bodies.” The certification bodies will conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities.

These certifications will help eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which offers expedited review and entry of food.
The Agency’s imported food goal is to address potential safety issues before the food reaches the United States and ensure that imported foods are produced in accordance with the same safety standards as those required of U.S. foods.

For more information, visit the FDA’s site.