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FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Blended Course
Time Zone Conversion

8:00 a.m. ET = 7:00 a.m. CT / 5:00 a.m. PT

8:00 a.m. CT = 9:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 a.m. PT

8:00 a.m. PT = 11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT

Course Description

This two-part interactive 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). Upon successful completion, participants will receive the official FSPCA certificate issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).
This course is designed for: 
  • 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.
  • Those 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. Learning this course will enable you to understand the requirements of the FSVP rule and how these requirements can be met. It will also help you to become a Qualified Individual under this rule.

What's Included

FSPCA Participant Manual

Exercise Workbook

Access to Private FSVP Resource Centre

Earn Your Official FSPCA Certificate

Upon successful completion, you will receive an official FSPCA FSVP "Qualified Individual" certificate of completion issued by AFDO.

Bundle & Save

We would recommend bundling this course with the 3-hour PCQI Refresher Training Module which provides greater detail on Hazard Analysis.

Course Structure

Part 1

8-12 Hours Self-paced

Once enrolled in Part 1, you will receive an automated enrolment confirmation email. Shortly after, an email with your login information will be sent to start the course. Upon completion of Part 1, you will receive an enrolment ticket and a completion email from IFPTI so you can attend Part 2. Present your Part 1 enrolment ticket to us in order to attend Part 2. 

Part 2

1 Day Live-Virtual Instructor-Led

Instructor-Led course is a review of the material from Part 1. We will address questions that you may have related to the material and complete exercises applying the knowledge that you gained from the course materials. In order to receive the Certificate of training from FSPCA, you must complete Part 1 Online before the Part 2 class.

Become an FSVP QI | Comply with FDA Requirements


• Relationship between FSMA and FSVP

• Building the foundation for the FSVP process

• Modified Requirements

• Hazard Analysis

• Evaluation and Approval of Foreign Suppliers

• Foreign Supplier Verification

• Re-evaluation of Foreign Suppliers

• Importer Identification

• Importance of Records

• FDA Oversight


• Explain the underlying purpose(s) of the FSVP rule

• Learn how to develop and implement an FSVP

• Determining known or reasonably foreseeable hazards with each food imported

• Evaluating the risk posed by the food (based on a hazard analysis and foreign supplier's performance)

• Use that evaluation to approve suppliers

• Conducting supplier verification activities

• Maintaining documents that are required to demonstrate compliance with the regulation

• Learn how to implement an FSVP record-keeping system

• Summarize FDA oversight

Recommended For

• Foreign manufacturers/farms who export ingredients and food-contact packaging materials to the U.S.

• Retailers who import products

• Third Party Auditors

• Preventive Control Qualified Individuals (PCQI), if assisting an FSVP Importer

• Transportation Personnel

• Brokers

• Distributors

Course Instructors

Bita Saidi

FSPCA Lead Instructor

Nima Saidi

FSPCA Lead Instructor

Bita's outstanding contributions have secured her in the FSPCA 1,000 Club and One of the Top 10 Lead Instructors (2023) for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP).

Top 10 is in recognition of the number of participants trained and certificates issued between August 15, 2022 and August 15, 2023.

The 1000 club recognizes FSPCA Lead Instructors who have collectively trained over 1,000 FSPCA course participants across the four FSPCA training curricula; PCQl for Human Food, Animal Food, FSVP and IAVA, leading to the issuance of FSPCA certificates.