Food Safety Modernization Act
The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most exhaustive reform of food safety laws in the US in more than 70 years. The Act was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. Its primary aim is to ensure the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
FSMA focuses more on preventing food safety issues rather than relying on reacting to problems after they occur. The law also provides the FDA with new authority for enforcement designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards, and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. The law also gives the FDA important new tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods and directs the FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities.
How to get the Additional Module
To arrange adding this Additional Module to your audit, or if you have any questions and would like to discuss the Additional Module in more detail, please contact us.
FSMA, through BRC Certification
To assist all sites certificated against the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, BRC Global Standards commissioned The Acheson Group (TAG) to assess Issue 7 of the Standard against the final rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food. The results of the analysis show certification to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 is almost in complete alignment with the expectations of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Download your copy of the full BRC Global Standards/TAG FSMA report.
FSMA Key Dates
The deadline to comply is fast approaching. Are you ready? Is your supply chain ready?
The FSMA BRC Global Standards connection for BRC Global Standards certificated sites.
The webinar will define the comparison between the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7, FSMA Preventive Controls, and how the addendum for certificated sites will work, including audit timelines, protocol and site guidance in satisfying the FSMA Preventive Controls requirements. This will allow BRC Global Standards certificated sites to get an advanced start in understanding and using the BRC Global Standards FSMA protocol.
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If you require further information, or you have any questions on the Preventive Controls Rule requirements for facilities certificated to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, please contact us.
BRC Global Standards FSMA Training
The FDA has engaged the Illinois Institute of Technology to develop a recognized training course to satisfy the requirements around the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, including gaining a full understanding of the regulations around the Preventive Controls for Human Food.
Gaining thorough understanding of the FDA's FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food rules can be a time-consuming and confusing task. To help you fully understand the new rules, BRC Global Standards are running a number of FDA-recognized Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) courses that cover the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.
The FSPCA course being offered through BRC Global Standards Academy is the only FDA-recognized training aimed at satisfying the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training requirement. It is taught by a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course. On completion of the course, participants will receive their official FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Person certificate issued by AFDO.
Further information on the course content can be found in the FSPCA Preventive Controls training course flyer.
Find a BRC Global Standards Academy FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course near you by visiting our training courses page and searching for 'Other' courses.
Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls
The BRC Global Standards Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) course covers the similarities and differences between requirements of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and the FDA's Preventive Controls rule.
BRC Global Standards HARPC course is not a substitute for the FDA’s Preventive Controls course. HARPC encompasses far more in the way of food safety assessment and control than a traditional Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan.