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FDA Releases Final Guidance for Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance for industry for a voluntary, fee-based program to allow the expedited review and importation of foods into the U.S. from importers with a proven track record of food safety and security. The final guidance details FDA's Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), explaining the benefits VQIP importers can expect to receive, eligibility criteria for program participation, instructions for completing a VQIP application, conditions that may result in revocation of participation in the program and criteria for VQIP reinstatement following revocation. The guidance is presented in a question and answer format. FDA said the program will enable the agency to focus its resources on examining and sampling food imports that are likely to present a potential public health risk.

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