COVID-19 update: FDA announces plans to conduct remote FSVP inspections

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will begin requesting that importers send the agency records required under the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule electronically or through other prompt means to allow the agency to conduct FSVP inspections remotely during the public health emergency.

FSVP requires importers to perform certain risk-based activities to verify their foreign suppliers are producing food in accordance with U.S. food safety laws. FDA has been conducting its FSVP inspections by reviewing importers' records at the importer's place of business. However, FDA has the authority under the FSVP regulation to request that importers provide required records to the agency electronically or by other prompt means.

Due to travel restrictions, social distancing, and other advisories associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, FDA has determined most routine onsite inspections are impractical to conduct at this time. Accordingly, FDA temporarily is shifting to conducting FSVP inspections remotely as practical until further notice.

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