On January 1, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will open the https://www.fda.gov/food/importing-food-products-united-states/voluntary-qualified-importer-program-vqip?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery (VQIP) application portal for fiscal year (FY) 2023.
VQIP is a voluntary fee-based program that provides importers, who achieve and maintain control over the safety and security of their supply chains, the benefits of expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the United States.
To participate in VQIP, food importers must meet certain eligibility requirements, including ensuring that the facilities of their foreign suppliers are certified through the FDA’s https://www.fda.gov/food/importing-food-products-united-states/accredited-third-party-certification-program?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery Certification bodies conduct food safety audits of foreign facilities and farms, and issue the certifications that importers need to participate in VQIP
If you are a food importer interested in applying for VQIP benefits during (FY) 2023, the portal will close May 31, 2022
For more information:
- Voluntary Qualified Importer Program https://www.fda.gov/food/importing-food-products-united-states/voluntary-qualified-importer-program-vqip?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
- Submission of VQIP Application User Guide
- Public Registry of Accredited Third-Party Certification Bodies
Questions may be submitted to the VQIP Importers’ Help Desk via 1-301-796-8745 or via email to FSMAVQIP@fda.hhs.gov
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