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User Fees to Fund Accreditation of Third-Party Food Safety Auditors Adjusted

The Food and Drug Administration has announced the following fiscal year 2019 user fees associated with the third-party certification programme authorised by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

  • initial application fee for accreditation bodies seeking recognition: US$38,211
  • annual fee for recognised accreditation bodies: US$1,775
  • annual fee for certification bodies accredited by a recognised accreditation body: US$2,219
  • initial application fee for certification body seeking direct accreditation from the FDA: US$38,211

Under FSMA, third-party certification bodies (auditors) are accredited to conduct food safety audits of foreign food entities and certify that foreign food facilities and food produced by such facilities meet applicable FDA food safety requirements. These audits and certifications will be used by importers seeking to establish eligibility for the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program and may also be required by the FDA as a condition of granting admission into the United States when certain food safety risks have been identified.

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