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FSPCA 100% Self-Paced FSVP Course
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Course Duration

12 Hours

At Your Own Pace: 6 months access

System Requirements



100% self-paced

Course Description

This fully self-paced 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).
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.

Earn Your Official FSPCA Certificate

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

What's Included

Interactive Exercises and Chapter Quizzes

FSVP electronic workbook & manual

Resources: Fillable forms, templates, guidance


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

Learn the FDA FSVP 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 Saidi FSPCA Top 10 FSVP Certificate
Bita Saidi FSPCA 1000 Club Recognition Certificate

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.

Denisse Izurieta

Martin Bauer GmbH & Co. KG
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.

Taaqia Couture

Vendor Quality Manager at Saputo Cheese USA
Overall, I thought the course did a great job making the content accessible and allowing us as students to apply the knowledge. I think I definitely have a greater understanding than when I started this course and that I can take back to my role and apply it. I also appreciate the resources as those will be very helpful to use in industry! 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

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 FDA.

Who developed the FSVP curriculum?

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

Will I be FSVP certified by taking this course?

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