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FDA launches third-party certification site

FDAThe Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a website where organizations can apply to be recognized as a third-party accreditation body.

According to a news release, the website  will implement the Accredited Third-Party Certification program, a voluntary program established by the Food Safety Modernization Act to expand FDA’s oversight of imported foods.

Accreditors recognized by FDA can accredit third-party certifiers, also known as third-party auditors. Those credited certification bodies will conduct food safety audits of foreign food suppliers and, based on those findings, may issue certifications. The FDA said that such certifications may be used to help establish eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, also established by the FSMA.

The qualified importer program offers quicker review and entry of food for eligible participants, according to the release.

Foreign governments and agencies or private third-parties may apply to be recognized as an accreditation body, according to the release. The process includes a web-based application and a user fee, the FDA said.

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By Tom Karst June 21, 2017 | 1:50 pm EDT