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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is considered to be the most sweeping reform of US food safety laws in more than 70 years. Unlike previous food safety regulations, the FSMA focuses on preventing contamination and requires organizations in the food industry to ensure safe practices throughout the supply chain.

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Such a step-change requires the updating and alignment of policies, processes and their implementation to meet the FDA’s seven foundational rules for FSMA compliance:

  1. Preventive Controls for Human Food
  2. Preventive Controls for Food for Animals
  3. Produce Safety
  4. Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)
  5. Accredited Third-Party Certification
  6. Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
  7. Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

Do The FSMA Compliance Requirements Apply To You?

If your operation falls within the scope, then it must comply with all applicable elements of the regulation:

  • Facilities, within and outside the US that manufacture process, pack or hold food for humans or animal food
  • Importers of food, feed and pet food
  • US and non-US produce farms supplying to the US
  • Shippers, receivers, loaders, or carriers who transport food within the United States

FSMA offers exemptions for specific products and certain qualified premises. We can advise if your operation falls within scope or may benefit from an exemption. You can check if FSMA applies to you by using SGS’s FSMA quick check questionnaire.

Importing To The US?

The Foreign Supplier Verification Scheme (FSVP) requires importers to verify that the goods they import meet US safety standards, using risk-based assessments. The outcome of a supplier risk assessment will decide whether a further onsite audit is required as a verification activity or testing and other activities may be applicable for certain supplier categories.

Once the accredited FSMA certification scheme becomes available, US importers will also be able to request their foreign suppliers to obtain accredited FSMA certification.


Whatever your role in the food supply chain – producer, processor, manufacturer, packer or importer – you may already have food safety programs, and likely certifications, in place. SGS’s comprehensive FSMA gap assessment and audit program simplify the FSMA compliance process for food facilities, and reduce the need for multiple audits.

Get Ready: Train Your Staff For FSMA Implementation

SGS offers Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training courses in public and onsite formats.

Check out the SGS Academy’s FSMA training courses.

How far are you from FSMA?

SGS has developed a free online FSMA self-assessment tool.

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Free Download – SGS FSMA White Paper

Find further details on the Food Safety Modernization Act and download the SGS FSMA white paper.

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For further information, please contact:

Certification and Business Enhancement, SGS Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2765 3620

Why SGS?

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.