Food importers must meet certain eligibility requirements, including ensuring that the facilities of their foreign suppliers are certified through the FDA’s Accredited Third-Party Certification Program, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Certification bodies conduct food safety audits of foreign facilities and farms, and issue the certifications that importers need to participate in VQIP.
Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 VQIP User Fee is effective on August 1, 2022, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2023.
Fee rates are published in a Federal Register Notice no later than 60 days before the start of each FY. User Fee must be paid before October 1, the start of the VQIP FY.
Annual user fees to participate in VQIP include the costs of
- reviewing applications
- conducting inspections of importers
- conducting inspections of exporters
- Information Technology (IT) maintenance costs
Paid to the U.S. Treasury.
At this time, FDA is not offering an adjusted fee for small businesses.
- Create an account on the FDA Industry Systems website.
- Submit a Notice of Intent to Participate in VQIP between January 1 and May 31, 11:59pm (EST).
- Pay the User Fee.
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