FDA Guidance and Training Programs
In December, CFSAN published a number of documents related to its ongoing FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation process. On December 14, 2016, CFSAN published a final rule establishing user fees for its voluntary third-party certification program for food safety audits of foreign food facilities.
On December 6, 2016, CFSAN issued a final guidance setting forth model standards to be used by recognized accreditation bodies to qualify third-party certification bodies. Both documents are important steps in FDA’s rollout of the third-party certification program.
In addition, on December 21, 2016, CFSAN published an updated training strategy for FSMA, which includes grants to facilitate training and encompasses public-private alliances that provide education on FSMA requirements. In late December, FDA also issued a revised draft Q&A guidance regarding food facility registration. CFSAN describes its FSMA strategy as “evolving” and we can expect additional updates as remaining FSMA rules are fully implemented.