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401 NW 6th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601

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Quality Certification Services



Foreign Supplier's
Verification Program Training

QCS is holding a two-day Foreign Supplier's Verification Program Training course that will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the FSVP for importers of food for humans and animals regulation of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Who should attend the FSVP course?

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.

2.  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. 

Successfully completing this course will help participants understand the FSVP requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation and how those requirements can be met in their particular circumstances. By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  •      Explain the underlying purpose(s) of the FSVP rule
  •      Develop and FSVP
  •      Implement an FSVP
  •      Implement an FSVP recordkeeping system
  •      Summarize FDA oversight

This course is taught by lead instructors trained and approved by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FSVP curriculum. Participants will receive an official certificate issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) after attending this training program.

The FSVP curriculum was designed by regulatory, academia, and industry professionals and developed with funding from FDA as part of the FSPCA. In contrast to the Preventive Controls (PC) rules, the FSVP rule does not require you to attend a training program following a “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Attending this course, however, will help you understand the FSVP requirements and how those requirements can be met in your particular circumstance.

Who Should Attend? 

Food Brokers                                       Owner/Operations of Food Business
Food Importers/Exporters                    Regulatory Authorities & Personnel
Food Safety & Quality Consultants      Supply Chain Managers
Food Safety Personnel                         Other: Foreign Suppliers to the US
Global Food Safety Personnel
Ingredient Suppliers


Ramkrishnan Balasubramanian is the Chief Operating Officer of QCS and FSPCA FSVP and Produce Safety Rule Lead Instructor. 

David E. Gombas, Ph.D. recently retired as Senior Vice President Food Safety and Technology for United Fresh Produce Association.  In that position, he provided food safety, microbiology, regulatory and public policy assistance for the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry. He is a Produce Safety Rule Lead Instructor. 


For more information, please visit www.qcsinfo.org/training