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Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Emily Thompson 
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 CEO of Quality Certification Services. He earned his Ph.D. in Crop Sciences, Masters in Agricultural Engineering, and Masters in Ecological Agriculture. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration. Ram is a ISO 9001 Lead Auditor with extensive food safety/GAP and organic auditing experience. He is the FSPCA FSVP and Produce Safety Rule Lead Instructor.

Tania Martinez is the Lead Chair of the International Working Group (Food Safety), for the FCSPA Alliance of the FDA. She earned her Ph.D. in Food Safety Principles and Regulatory Compliance with special focus in all regulatory matters applicable for FDA and USDA regulated products in the US. She is a Product Regulatory Compliance Expert and specialist in regulatory legal matters in the areas of Food Safety and Preventive Control for Food, fish, seafood and fishery products, Dietary Supplements Products.


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