FSMA Certification Overview
This webinar presented by Quality Certification Services (QCS) provides insight into the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) certification aka FDA Third-Party Certification Program, its compliance requirements, and benefits of such certification. The webinar will also cover best practices recommendations for brokers and forwarders.
By the end of the webinar participants will be able to understand the basic FSMA requisites that businesses who ship and/or store food must enforce and know whether a food safety certification is required.
What we’ll cover:
- Overview of FSMA regulations
- Implications for food brokers, handlers and other similar businesses
- Who needs to have a food safety certification
About the Presenter
Dr. Ramkrishnan “ Ram” Balasubramanian is the QCS’s US Food Safety Compliance Regulatory Program scheme manager. Ram earned his Ph.D. in Crop Sciences and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Ram has worked in the development, implementation and oversight of agricultural and food safety standards for more than 20 years. Ram is an ISO 9001 Lead Auditor with extensive food safety/GAP, organic and food safety auditing experience. Additionally, Ram specializes in curriculum development. He has collaborated with the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative, Global Food Safety Initiative, and GLOBAL G.A.P. scheme training material and smallholder guides. Ram is an FSPCA Lead Instructor for the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and Lead Trainer for the Produce Safety Rule.
QCS is one of the handful accredited for FSMA Certification and offers two programs: FSMA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) – FDA’s official third-party certification of foreign suppliers, and FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) – covering suppliers verification requirements from the FSMA FSVP rule. FSMA certification allows foreign suppliers to demonstrate compliance with US food regulations and is an opportunity for foreign companies exporting food to the US.