A regulatory-driven shift from responding to contamination to preventing it. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into U.S. law on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it. FDA FSMA includes preventive controls for Human Food and Animal Food, contains specific requirements for Foreign Supplier Verification, Importers and identification of FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals PCQI training just to name a few.
FSMA Certification, Foreign Supplier Verification and Training
FSMA gives the FDA authority for the first time to ensure that imported products meet U.S. standards and are safe for U.S. consumers, and specific requirements are in place for Foreign Supplier Verification.
GFSI Recognized Certification – FSSC 22000 and BRC Food
It is important for organizations impacted under FDA FSMA – as well as their suppliers – to obtain certification to a GFSI-recognized standard such as FSSC 22000 for Food Manufacturing and Packaging, FSSC 22000 for Animal Food, or the BRC Global Standard for Food in order to help further ensure compliance with FSMA requirements.
HACCP vs HARPC
FSMA introduces requirements beyond HACCP, called Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls or HARPC. HARPC encompasses far more in the way of food safety assessment and control, than a traditional HACCP plan.
The FSMA final rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food and the FSMA final rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food are now available, and FSMA compliance dates for some businesses began in September 2016.
LRQA is ready to help
LRQA is a leading independent provider of assurance services including assessment, certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards and schemes. We are recognised by over 50 accreditation bodies and deliver our services to clients in more than 120 countries, and are ready to help you:
- FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training – FDA Recognised Course
- FSSC 22000 Certification for Manufacturing and Packaging
- FSSC 22000 Training for Manufacturing and Packaging
- FSSC 22000 Certification for Animal Food and Feed
- BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Certification and BRC FSMA Voluntary Module
- Customised Assurance and Company-Specific FSMA Services, including Second Party Audits and Verification of:
- Foreign Supplier Facilities
- Facility Conformance
- Adulteration Risks
- Sanitary Transportation
- Supplier and Supply Chain Risks
- GFSI Global Markets Capacity Building Programme
- SMETA 4-Pillars
Why choose LRQA?
In the food safety arena, our services include certification and assessment services to FSSC 22000, ISO 22000, HACCP, BRC, the Global Markets Programme, GMP+ Feed as well as a range of regional and national food safety standards and schemes. We also offer second party audits, customised audit programs and training to help you drive client confidence in your food supply chain. LRQA works with over 5,000 food organisations and their supply chains, from the world’s top brands to the smallest independent suppliers.
The technical know-how and project management expertise of our globally renowned, experienced and highly trained food safety experts ensures that we can adapt our assurance services to your business needs.