FSVP | Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Attention Food Importers!

Are you a US Food Importer who requires assistance with the development and implementation of a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)? Under FSMA, US importers must ensure that imported foods meet the same food safety standards that are required of food produced in the U.S.

Step 1.

You will first need to consult the FDA flow chart to identify whether your business qualifies for full or modified FSVP requirements. In order to facilitate this process, we welcome you to consult the FSVP decision tree wizard from our partners at 3i Verify. If you determine that you must comply, in full, with the FSVP requirements and if you are a small business (< 500 employees), you will have until March 19, 2018 or 6 months after your foreign suppliers meet the Preventive Control Rule for Human Foods to comply. You will also have to obtain a DUNS number, a unique facility identifier acceptable by FDA to be fully compliant.

How can Sirocco help with FSVP?

Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting is PCQI-approved and able to work with you and your foreign suppliers to develop your FSVP plan. We are trained food safety experts who will:

  • Evaluate the risk posed by the imported food product,
  • Assess your foreign supplier’s food safety performance,
  • Approve your foreign suppliers,
  • Develop and monitor supplier verification activities including corrective actions,
  • Maintain your FSVP plan.

Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting is partnering with 3i Verify to help you meet the FDA FSVP requirements. 3iVerify is an easy-to-use cloud-based FDA FSMA compliance portal that ensures you are doing what’s needed to comply with FDA rules on food safety and save time and money.

Client Testimonial of FSVP with Sirocco!

“We worked with Sirocco Food & Wine Consulting to get our FSVP. Karine was great to work with. She was very helpful and always got back to us promptly with any questions we had. I would recommend Sirroco to anyone working on getting their FSVP.” – Doug Williamson, President, Sun-Green USA

What are the benefits of 3iVerify Food Management Software?

Proven Compliance, Fast – Risk assessments, procedures, records and approvals are in one location. Documents are approved by qualified and authorized users. Electronic documents may be readily shared with those who are granted access.

Save Time – Data entry is made easy with the use of detailed supplier and product questionnaires that feed into your FSVP plan. Updates to existing plans, procedures and product specifications are easily uploaded and your FSVP plan updated at the push of a button. The dashboard allows you to visually monitor your key compliance indicators, which gives you the ability to respond quickly and track unapproved documents and incomplete questionnaires.

Change Management Made Easy – the app keeps track of expiry dates and flag items that require updating and follow-up. Authorized users receive an alert with a link and a request to follow up.

Stream Lined Communication – the app enables two-way feedback which fast tracks supplier approval and FSVP compliance.

Paperless System – you no longer need to print hundreds of documents.

100% Audit-Ready – your compliance can be audited in real time. You are able to respond to FDA inquiries within hours.

Get help setting up your FSVP program!

Allow Sirocco’s PCQI experts to help you set up your FSVP program and save money on administration time and chasing suppliers for information. Watch the video below to find out how our food safety experts have built you a supplier and raw materials approval and management system with you in mind.

What Clients Are Saying

I would like to thank both of you for organizing & presenting this informative valuable training for Food Industry Professionals within the QA Sector. With the SFCR enactment recently, I have gained valuable insight on the expectations of CFIA along with the opportunities & grants  that are available from the “Post - Farm Food Safety Program through your presentation.
Also, Ketki’s presentation on compliance with the FSMA-“Foreign Supplier Verification” gave me valuable information on the expectations of the “Importer” from the “supplier” with regards to pertinent documents associated to food products being exported to the US.
Thanks once again  for all you support.
We contacted Sirocco Consulting after scoring lower than desired on a SQF 8.0 audit. Karine visited our plant and did a gap assessment. We found her efficient and helpful and used her guidance to get our CARs addressed. Subsequently, we hired Karine to return and train our key personnel on the FSPCA course. Again, we appreciate her knowledge and ability to teach in efficiently. I would recommend Sirocco to anyone needing help building their food safety program. Read More
We just had a gap assessment conducted in preparation for our SQF audit. We developed our written program with the help of Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting. These templates are terrific and easy to implement. The SQF consultant who performed the document review was very impressed with the quality of the procedures and record templates. Knowing that our written documents meet the standard, we feel that we are in a good position to pass our SQF audit and obtain our certification.
As a worldwide importer, in-house re-packager, and direct supplier of over 200 diverse food and dietary supplement ingredients, we faced significant compliance challenges surrounding FSMA, FSVP, and dietary supplement GMP, on top of customer requirements for GFSI compliance.  We interviewed multiple food safety consultants prior to choosing Karine Lawrence at Sirocco, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice— Karine’s FSPCA PCQI Lead Instructor, certified SQF trainer/consultant, auditing and R&D background among other experience was the perfect match for our needs.  She took a practical, entity-based approach in helping us design and implement a comprehensive SQF Edition 8 QMS tailored to effectively and efficiently manage our risks and compliance requirements, while keeping the customer service and operational aspects of our business a priority.  We were impressed with both the form and function of her modern SOP and document sets, as well as all the detail HACCP, risk assessment and other diligence she performed, including working within our cloud-based document management/FSVP software system.  Now we’re receiving “Excellent” audit scores and are delivering better value to our customers than ever.  Sirocco was a great choice!
We worked with Sirocco Food & Wine Consulting to get our FSVP. Karine was great to work with. She was very helpful and always got back to us promptly with any questions we had. I would recommend Sirroco to anyone working on getting their FSVP.
What I appreciated about the course taught by Karine and Sirocco, was that it was organized and well presented. Each day had hands on situations presented that could be worked out by the teams as well as volumes of information at hand. This allowed good participation and dialogue about situations and these discussions could lead to real time questions that we could ask as well and work through as needed. It was a good few days of intense learning and exchange.
I got a better understanding of the Food Safety Plan required for FSMA from this [FDA’s Preventive Controls Human Food] training. Karine has skillfully conducted the training as she provided fact-based examples and links to additional resources to help first-timers build an FSP.  Karine was a wonderful trainer with her knowledge of the subject matter and extensive experience in food safety.
I attended the FSPCA Preventive Controls (Human Food)/PCQI course offered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Course materials were good, the mentoring approach was good, and working with other people in group setting made the course content much clearer. Karine Lawrence, the PCQI instructor did a good job of communicating and... Read More
I recently attended the training session for PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) required by the FDA for food exporters and U.S. food processing facilities. Karine Lawrence presented a clear view of the requirements and provided good practical example on how to implement them. She worked her way though the extensive manual in a... Read More
Karine Lawrence of Sirocco Consulting was the best choice we could have made when preparing for our first GFSI audit at Libre Naturals.  Karine’s vast knowledge of food manufacturing best practices and auditing code combined with her calm and patient approach brought much needed structure to what can be a very stressful experience... Read More
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