Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Services

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  • Training / Workshops
  • Assessment / Technical Services
  • Import Supplier Certification (ISC)
  • FSMA Readiness Audits
  • Why Work With NSF?
FSMA Compliance Specialists

No matter where you are in the FSMA process, NSF offers a suite of services that, separately or bundled, will assist your business in achieving and maintaining FSMA requirements.

We provide services that:

  • Check your FSMA readiness
  • Cover key industry sectors impacted by FSMA requirements including produce growers, animal feed producers, food processors, importers and transporters
  • Provide proper and necessary documentation
  • Provide FSMA accredited training anywhere in the world
  • Provide accredited training for timely FSMA compliance globally
  • Are best suited to meet your needs and available as a complete package, separately or bundled
  • Allow for continuous food quality and safety improvement

Backed by over 70 years of food safety expertise, you can trust us to assist your organization in meeting FSMA requirements.

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

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.

Our courses are taught by passionate technical trainers/subject matter experts who bring their industry experience and depth of knowledge to help you understand the FDA’s foundational rules to implement FSMA, including preventive controls for human and animal food, produce safety, foreign supplier verification programs and intentional adulteration.

We offer FSMA workshops and webinars with hands-on learning and interaction with NSF subject matter experts allowing you to gain the knowledge, skills and tools to develop, implement and maintain a food safety plan to meet FSMA requirements. FSMA courses include FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food (PCQI training), Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), Integrating HACCP Food Safety Plans with FSMA Food Safety Preventive Control Plans, Food Defense and Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment.

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

Assessment / Technical Services

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 can help you achieve FSMA compliance and food safety success.

Import Supplier Certification (ISC)

NSF's import supplier certification program certifies supplier compliance to U.S. food safety regulations under the FDA’s Third-Party Accredited Certification program. Certification to an FDA-recognized third-party certification program is required for products imported under the FDA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which provides importers with expedited entry of product into the USA.

NSF's import supplier certification program provides peace of mind for suppliers and their importing customers that their products will sail through customs when they enroll in the VQIP.

NSF's import supplier certification does double duty by also reducing the number of customer audits you may experience. It is accepted by the FDA as an appropriate supplier verification activity for FSMA supply chain program and FSVP requirements. FSVP importers can use this certification to verify supplier compliance with FDA regulations. Suppliers gain competitive advantage with this program that provides confidence in FDA FSMA regulatory compliance.

Contact us today and see how we can help.

FSMA Readiness Audits

NSF supply chain audits help businesses evaluate their readiness for compliance with the U.S. FDA’s expanded requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Developed by NSF, these audits were created for 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 requirements. These are not regulatory audits, but rather help a facility prepare for the new regulatory requirements and FSMA compliance.

FSMA readiness is essential to the success of your business in this new regulatory environment. NSF’s 70 years of experience in food safety, as well as our knowledge of FSMA compliance make us the perfect partner to help ensure successful navigation of the FSMA requirements.

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 for FSMA 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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