Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Services

  • Overview
  • Training / Workshops
  • Assessment / Consultation
  • FSMA Readiness Audits
  • Customized Services
  • Why Work With NSF?
FSMA Compliance Specialists

In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law. The Act made sweeping changes to U.S. food safety laws, most notably shifting focus to preventing food safety problems rather than reacting to them after they occur.

Highlights of FSMA include:

  • Farm-to- retail responsibility
  • Requirement of preventive controls and food safety plans
  • Establishing importer responsibility for food safety
  • More frequent risk-based FDA inspections domestically
  • Recognition of third-party laboratory testing and third-party auditing
  • Ability to require third-party certification for high-risk foods

Backed by over 70 years of food safety expertise, NSF International offers various services to help you understand and comply with FSMA including training/workshops, analysis/consultation and customized services.

To learn more about FSMA, visit the FDA’s FSMA website.

To learn more about the NSF services that best fit your FSMA compliance requirements, email fsma@nsf.org or call +1.877.893.1325

Training / Workshops

NSF has been providing superior food safety training for more than 20 years. We offer several courses and training to help you prepare for, and comply with, FSMA regulations in a timely manner.

NSF’s food safety courses include:

  • Prerequisite Programs for Food Safety Systems
  • HACCP Training for Processors
  • Advanced HACCP: Verification and Validation
  • Seafood HACCP Training
  • Principles of Internal Auditing

Our courses are taught by passionate and seasoned subject matter experts who utilize real-world experience to educate professionals on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based food safety practices.

We also offer FSMA workshops with hands-on learning and interaction with NSF subject matter experts who help you prepare an up-to-date food safety management system. NSF’s FSMA workshops include:

  • Understanding FSMA: Aligning HARPC (Food for Humans) With Codex HACCP (face-to-face and Web-based modality available)
  • Bridging the Gap: U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act and BRC
  • Bridging the Gap: U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act and SQF

Visit the NSF Training and Education course schedule for more information on these and other training workshops.

Assessment / Consultation

To help prepare you for seamless compliance to FDA’s expanded requirements under FSMA, NSF’s food safety experts can provide the following essential services:

  • Conduct a detailed gap assessment of your current facility and programs. This consultative-type assessment provides on-site coaching and solutions to your team while identifying specific areas of concern or non-compliance.
  • Build you a prioritized road map to assist with reaching FSMA compliance
  • Provide you with direct assistance preparing required documents and monitoring forms, and with facility registration
  • Provide you with FSMA-ready document templates to dramatically ease your development efforts
  • Provide supply chain and product traceability assistance including building your foreign supplier verification program (FSVP)
  • Assist in identifying and implementing preventive controls

With over 70 years of food safety expertise and staff in worldwide locations, the NSF International team is your trusted partner in achieving FSMA compliance and food safety success.

FSMA Readiness Audits

NSF has developed audits for the supply chain to help evaluate readiness for compliance with the U.S. FDA’s expanded requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). We offer audits specific to three key industry sectors: food processors, animal feed producers and importers.

Our FSMA readiness audits evaluate current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and preventive controls to assist facilities in understanding where they have opportunities for improving adherence to the FSMA rules. These are not regulatory audits, but help a facility prepare for the new regulatory requirements.

FSMA readiness is essential to the success of your business in this new regulatory environment. NSF’s 70 years of experience in food safety and knowledge of FSMA make us the perfect partner to help ensure you are successful. As required implementation dates approach, help ensure that your facility is ready and increase your chances of compliance.

Customized Services

Engage NSF’s food safety experts to provide you with FSMA preparation and compliance assistance. We can discuss the various ways in which our global team can help you.

Why Work With NSF?

With over 70 years of industry experience and a seasoned team of food safety experts on staff, NSF’s industry knowledge is unparalleled. We can provide FSMA guidance and help you work through potential challenges. Simply put, our knowledge and experience will work to your advantage, enabling you to get to market more quickly.

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  • Open Will imported foods be affected by the Act?

    Yes. Importers will be specifically required to have programs in place to verify that the products they bring into this country comply with FSMA requirements. To accomplish this, importers will need to verify that their suppliers have food safety management systems in place that provide the same level of public health protection as those required under the Act.

  • Open How soon must my facility be compliant with FSMA requirements?

    Even though some of the specifics of the Act have not yet been finalized, it is not too early to move toward compliance. Developing and implementing well documented preventive measures including critical control points along with corrective action procedures is a very good start.

  • Open If my facility is already under inspection by the USDA, is it exempt from FSMA requirements?

    Only those products under USDA inspection (or other government mandated HACCP programs like juice and seafood) are exempt. If you also produce other products that do not fall under existing HACCP mandates, they will be subject to FSMA requirements

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