VQIP is a voluntary, fee-based program for the expedited review and importation of foods from importers who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains.

Who is eligible?

Importers (defined as the person who brings food, or causes food to be brought, from a foreign country into the United States) who meet the following criteria:

  1. Develop and implement a Quality Assurance Program (QAP) that demonstrates a high level of control over the safety and security of supply chains.
  2. Assurance of compliance with the supplier verification and other importer responsibilities under the applicable Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), juice HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), or seafood HACCP regulations.
  3. A current facility certification issued under FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification regulations for each foreign supplier of food intended for importation under VQIP. In the case of raw produce, there must be a certification for the farm.
  4. At least a three-year history of importing food to the United States. If applicants have imported food for more than three years, the FDA may review additional years as necessary to adequately evaluate compliance history.
  5. No ongoing FDA administrative or judicial action (e.g., import alert, injunction, recall), or other history of non-compliance with food safety regulations by the importer, other entities in the supply chain (e.g., foreign suppliers, filers/brokers, and FSVP and HACCP importers), or food.

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