As a properly designated and qualified FSVP Agency firm, our goal is to verify that the physical, chemical, and biological hazards of imported products are being controlled in an appropriate manner. Once verified, United Safety Agents (USA) will issue an executed Letter of Consent for our client’s use at U.S. entry/Customs. The following comprise the typical steps of FSVP Agency coverage.
STEP NO. 0NE | INITIAL CONSULTATION
FSVP is complex and contains many modifications and exemptions. It is important that we first learn about your company, its goals, and its specific needs. To begin the process and learn how FSVP applies to your operation, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation. Once booked, our team will we available to you – at length – to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with insight into your company’s regulatory standing. Schedule a call time here.
STEP NO. TWO | DOCUMENT REQUESTS
Based upon our conversation, and to verify that all inherent hazards are being controlled in a manner that provides the same level of public health protection as the FDA’s domestic standards (Preventive Controls Rule or Produce Safety Rule), documentation of each manufacturer’s processes, procedures, and control methods will then be requested. If you are not the product's manufacturer, we can initiate contact with each of your suppliers and directly acquire all necessary food safety documents - download list.
STEP NO. THREE | PRELIMINARY REVIEW
Once all requested documents have been received, a preliminary review will be performed. Since every product is different, has its own set of inherent hazards, and can be processed in one of an endless amount of ways – the specific food safety documents that will ultimately serve as a basis for compliance will differ from one manufacturer to the next. Depending on the outcome of this review, USA will either:
A. confirm that we have received all necessary documentation, or
B. respectfully request additional information and/or documents.
STEP NO. FOUR | FSVP CERTIFICATION
USA’s team of FDA and FSVP experts will leverage our 95+ years of combined food safety and regulatory experience to thoroughly evaluate and verify each product as required under section 805 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 384a); and the FSVP regulation in 21 CFR part 1, subpart L; and other relevant implementing regulations. USA will document and retain our review via an individual, product-specific FSVP plan.
STEP NO. FIVE | CONFIRMATION OF COVERAGE
Once verified, USA will issue an executed Letter of Consent. This Letter will confirm USA’s acceptance of your company’s FSVP Agency program and contain USA's DUNS Number, along with all other information necessary to clear the FSVP portion of U.S. Customs. This Letter and its contents will then be used by your Customs Broker/Filer when processing entry of previously approved products through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
STEP NO. SIX | COMPLIANCE MONITORING
21 CFR part 1, subpart L requires that all FSVP Plans be updated and maintained over time. USA ensures that there will not be an FSVP-related issue during the entry process for any of your products by continually updating and re-verifying each product and manufacturer on a rolling basis.
LEARN MORE / SERVICE QUOTATION
USA' services are designed to provide our clients with customized FSVP compliance solutions and are tailored to your specific needs. Likewise, service rates can vary and are dependent upon the relative liability, complexity, and the level of each supplier’s food safety sophistication. To receive an accurate quotation, complete the Quotation Request form.
FDA FSVP AUDIT COVERAGE
As a properly designated and qualified FSVP Agent, it is USA's responsibility to interface with the FDA for all FSVP-related matters. Should the FDA trigger an FSVP inspection, USA will meet with the FDA representative in-person – or via a remote arrangement – to review all FSVP Plans. USA has undergone many FDA FSVP inspections and all FSVP Plans have exceeded FDA regulatory standards, every time.
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