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FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Course

This 12 hour interactive self-paced 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.

  • 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. 

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

-->PCQI Refresher

595.00 USD

Certificate Fee Included, Tax Free
Register 4 or more for a 15% discount

Contact us if you need any help with registration

 888.406.5554 Ex. 1
 info@food-industry.ca

What's Included

  • Interactive Exercises and Chapter Quizzes

  • FSVP electronic workbook & manual

  • FSPCA FSVP Qualified Individual (QI) Certificate issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) 

  • Resources: Fillable forms, templates, guidance materials

Topics

  • 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

Who Needs To Take This Course

  • 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 and  Distributors

Highlights

  • 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

Course Instructor

Bita Saidi

Biotechnology Specialist, Life Science
Food Safety Trainer, FSPCA Lead Instructor
Top 10 FSPCA Bita Saidi
1000 Club FSPCA Bita Saidi

Bita has been named as one of the Top 10 Lead Instructors (2023) for Preventive Controls (PC) for Animal Food and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) in recognition of the number of participants trained and certificates issued between August 15, 2022 and August 15, 2023.

Her outstanding contributions have secured her in the "FSPCA 1,000 Club". This club recognizes FSPCA Lead Instructors who have collectively trained over 1,000 FSPCA course participants across the four FSPCA training curricula; PCQI for Human Food, Animal Food, FSVP and IAVA, leading to the issuance of FSPCA certificates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who needs to take FSVP training?

  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, foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S., persons/business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources, third-party auditors, Preventive Control Qualified Individuals (PCQI) assisting an FSVP Importer and representatives of foreign governments. 

How is this course structured?

The course includes interactive exercises, video-based lessons, interactive scenarios, and quizzes to test learning.

Do I need to pass an exam to receive my certificate?

While there is no final exam, you will need to pass the chapter quizzes.

How long will it take me to complete this course?

The course typically takes approximately 12 hours to complete.

How long will I have access to this course?

You will have six months to complete the course. It is designed to be completed at your own pace. Even after completion, the course can still be reviewed until this timeframe.

Will I be FSVP certified by taking this course?

By successfully completing this training, you will become a Qualified Individual (FSVP QI) to develop and implement an FSVP. You will receive your official FSPCA Certificate, issued by AFDO.

What certificate will I receive, and is this course recognized by FDA?

Upon successful completion, you will receive an official FSPCA certificate, issued by AFDO. This course is recognized by the FDA.

Who developed the FSVP curriculum?

The FSVP curriculum was developed by FSPCA and is a standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.

Are there any group discounts available?

Yes, we offer a 15% discount when enrolling 4 or more participants at a time.

Student Feedback

Very good course as an overall overview of FSVP requirements. It was beneficial to help with the understanding the FSVP requirements and understanding different requirements as depending on the type of importer. This course was very user friendly and I am very satisfied with the level of interaction and communication in the course.

Denisse Izurieta
Martin Bauer GmbH & Co. KG

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