Domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, processes, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In addition, every two years, on even years 2022, 2024, 2026… these same facilities must renew their registration before December 31.
Please be advised that “updating” your registration is a different function than “renewing” your registration. During the renewal period, you will not see the “Update” button listed on the FFRM main menu, until the registration is renewed. If a registration is not renewed by 11:59 PM on December 31, 2022, the registration is considered expired and will be removed from your account.
FDA had previously allowed facilities more time to obtain and submit a unique facility identifier (UFI) with their registration submission, a requirement that began during the 2020 biennial registration renewal period.
FDA extended the time period to obtain and submit a UFI until December 31, 2022.
The requirement to include a UFI began during past biennial registration renewal period and was introduced in accordance with the 2016 rule implementing the food facility registration provisions in the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act.
The requirement applies to both new facilities registering for the first time, and those submitting a registration renewal.
The UFI will be used by FDA to verify that the facility-specific address associated with the UFI is the same address associated with the facility’s registration.
At this time, the FDA recognizes the DUNS number as an acceptable UFI for food facility registration.
Additional information from the FDA can be found in this fact sheetA https://www.ncbfaa.org/docs/default-source/monday-morning-ebriefings/fda-import-safety-portal_fact-sheet_v2.pdf
and presentation https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ncbfaa.org%2Fdocs%2Fdefault-source%2Fmonday-morning-ebriefings%2Fjune-7-2022-fda-ufi-presentation.pptx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK
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