The Foreign Supplier Verification Program, or FSVP, is one part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (2011). Under the FSVP rule, a Qualified Individual (QI) must develop an importer’s FSVP and perform activities required in the rule. A QI must have the education, training, or experience necessary to perform their assigned activities and must be able to read and understand the language of any records associated with the FSVP.

This FSVP course does not cover products, such as seafood, which are exempt from FSVP. The primary focus addresses other products that fall under FDA’s jurisdiction (i.e., fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, additives, spices, coffee, etc). This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The goal is to help you understand what documents and records you need to maintain to be compliant with 21 CFR 1, 11, 111 (FSVP)   .

This course is designed for:

  1. U.S based importers who meet the definition of “importer” in the FSVP rule, which includes those who own or are the consignee of food at the time of entry, or, if no owner or consignee exists, the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner.
  1. Others who have an interest in ensuring that the requirements of the FSVP rule are met, including brokers, exporters, foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S., persons/business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources, and representatives of foreign governments.

Curriculum: Attending this course will help you understand the Foreign Supplier Verification Program requirements and how those requirements can be met in your particular circumstance.

The FSVP course is offered in two formats:

Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Blended Course

This Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Blended Training course was developed to provide an alternative way for individuals to complete the FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs course. The Blended course consists of 2 parts. Part 1 is online , and Part 2 is instructor-led. Both parts must be completed in order to obtain the certificate of attendance.

Pre-requisites: FSPCA FSVP Part 1:  Cost is $198 (paid directly to the FSPCA). Once enrolled, you can begin the course immediately. You will receive a completion ticket that must be submitted to SQSA in order to attend our Part 2 course. You have 6 months to complete the online course, so plan accordingly! You must complete Part 1 online before the Part 2 class. Register for Part 1 at the FSPCA website

Course Delivery: Webinar-live

Duration: 1 day (8 hours)

Cost: $330

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Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) 2-day Course

This course is offered as a two-day program. We will delve into the requirements of the FSVP, including the definitions of terms such as “importer” and “supplier”, the responsibilities of each party in the food chain, and actions that foreign suppliers will need to take to ensure their products are considered safe and acceptable for distribution in the US food chain.

Pre-requisites: None

Course Delivery: Virtual, Web based, live (face to face)

Technological Requirements:  Virtual courses require an internet connection, webcam, and microphone. The instructor and students are required to be visually present for the duration of the course. We recommend using  headphone instead of speakers, as the speakers may cause audio-feedback while using your microphone.

Duration: 2 days (9-4)

Cost: $650

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Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Private Courses

For operators that require several employees to be trained, it is more cost effective to have the instructor teach a course at your location. If you prefer to have a more personalized training experience SQSA offers both the FSVP Blended and FSVP 2 day as private courses.  The cost of a private course will depend on the location of your operation and the number of students that require training. Clients often combine our training services with other services such as environmental sampling, facility/document audits, quality control and program implementation.

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