4U.S. Regulation Overview The Constitution authorizes Congress to pass laws, which are then signed by the President.Acts of Congress, e.g. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, are codified in the “United States Code,” which is cited as “U.S.C.”The executive departments and agencies like FDA may promulgate “regulations.”Regulations are promulgated through a lengthy process called "Notice and Commentary," to satisfy the requirements of the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
5U.S. Regulation Overview Proposed regulations, notices, public commentaries, agency responses to the commentaries, and eventually the final regulations are published in the “Federal Register” as they occur.Final regulations are codified in the “Code of Federal Regulations” (C.F.R.).Guidance Documents are non-binding recommendations that contain U.S. FDA’s current thinking about a subject.
6Code of Federal Regulations The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act is detailed in what we call the “CFR” or Code of Federal Regulations.The CFR is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.Title 21 of the CFR is reserved for rules of the Food and Drug Administration.
7Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Food, Drug, Cosmetic Act in 1938.That law remains today the principal law regulating all food, beverages, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices in the USA.
10Dual Role of FDA FDA really plays two roles: Gatekeeper: licensing body that decides what drugs, medical devices, food additives, etc, are appropriate for the marketplace. They set product standards, often with public & industry input.Police: enforcer of regulations. They issue “Warning Letters,” work with CBP on seizures, and with the DOJ on criminal prosecutions.
12Food, Beverages, & Supplements Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA)Jurisdiction encompasses most food products (other than meat and poultry)Agricultural products, processed food, canned foods, seafood, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (including bottled water), seafood, etc
13Other Agencies Regulating Food U.S. Department of AgricultureFood Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)National Organic ProgramDepartment of JusticeAlcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)Department of Homeland SecurityU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
14USDA/FDA Overlap USDA and FDA often both regulate a product: If you grow and pack fresh fruit and vegetables for export, you fall under FDA and USDA;USDA, along with FDA, controls for pesticide residues.If you produce canned juice from the fruit, you fall under FDA alone;Facility Registration, LACF regulations, etc.Products with 3% or more raw meat or 2% or more cooked meat or 30% or more fat, tallow or meat extract regulated by USDAProducts containing 2% or more cooked poultry; more than 10% cooked poultry skins, giblets, fat and poultry meat in combination regulated by USDA
15Department of Homeland Security: Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) CBP is responsible for enforcing import and export laws in our approximately 317 official ports of entry.
16What is FDA’s Entry Role? If FDA-regulated product, FDA is notified via the entry system.U.S. FDA will then:1. Release the product for entry2. Further review the entry3. Physically inspect the shipment4. Refuse entry of the shipment
18FDA Review of Entry What U.S. FDA does depends largely on: The history of the country, the manufacturer, and the importer (have they had other violations?)The product category: drug, food, medical device, or cosmetic? (risk level)Nature of the product: fresh juice, fresh seafood, canned fruit? (risk level)
19PREDICTPREDICT = Predictive Risk-based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance TargetingRisk-based screening system that quantifies the risk of imported food shipmentsFirst tested for seafood products in the port of Los Angeles in 2007Pilot program was generally considered a successSince been expanded
20PREDICTPREDICT establishes a risk score by analyzing importer’s shipment information using sets of FDA-developed risk criteria.Risk criteria include:Violative histories of the product, importer, manufacturer, consignee, and country of origin;Results of laboratory analysis and foreign facility inspections; andGeneral intelligence on recent world events that may affect the quality of a particular food.
21A Complex WebThe U.S. food agencies have over the years become a complex web, making it very confusing for foreign exporters, and even for U.S. companies.Each agency has their own jurisdiction, and their own set of regulations to enforce.And in the end, a balance between industry self-regulating (if you sell me bad product…) and government enforcement.
24Requirements Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Bioterrorism Act Registration, U.S. Agent, Prior NoticeLabelingFormats, languageLACF – Low Acid Canned FoodHACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control PointGMP – Good Manufacturing Practices
25Bioterrorism Act of 2002The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002Effective starting in October 2003Who, What, Where, When, and HowRequires companies to registerRequires designation of a U.S. Agent for foreign companies for FDA communicationsRequire companies to file Prior Notice
26United States AgentForeign Establishments must notify FDA of the name, business name, address, phone number, and address of their United States Agent. The US Agent must reside or maintain a place of business in the US.
27United States AgentU.S. Agents have been designated since 2003, and foreign companies have not had to update that information since the initial designationSince 2003, many customs brokers and importers have allowed foreign companies to designate them as the required “U.S. Agent”
28Registration (Section 305) Can’t register suppliers…they need to register on their ownCan’t “share” numbers… each factory or storage location has its’ own numberTechnically the law does not require exporters, brokers, traders, or transporters to register, but many do simply to have their own number
29Prior Notice (Section 307) Must notify FDA before shipments arrive in U.S. instead of after arrivalAllows FDA to better target imports before they arrive in a U.S. port
31Principal Display Panel (PDP) The Principal Display Panel (PDP) is the primary side of the label that the consumer will view --- this is usually the front of the packageTwo required elementsStatement of Identity (common or usual name of food)Net Quantity Declaration
32Information Panel (IP) The Information Panel (IP) is the label panel immediately to the right of the PDPThree required elementsNutrition Facts/Supplement Facts ChartIngredients ListManufacturer IdentityMust be presented with nointervening information
36Examples of Other Formats Use dictated by the package configuration and type of dietary ingredients found in the product
37Serving SizesThe serving sizes that appear on food labels are based on FDA-established lists of "Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed Per Eating Occasion."The reference amounts, which are part of FDA regulations, are broken down into 139 FDA-regulated food product categories (e.g., “cookies 30g”)Dietary supplements must use the “the maximum amount recommended… per eating occasion.”
38Ingredients ListMust appear with the Nutrition Facts or Supplement Facts Chart, no intervening informationIngredients must be listed in descending order of predominance by weight by common/usual name (no “E” designations or trade names)Must be at least 1/16 of an inchSpecific requirements for thelisting of colors
39Manufacturer/Distributor/Packer Identity Must give actual corporate nameMust appear with Chart and Ingredients, no intervening informationIf not the actual manufacturer, company name must have a qualifying phrase that states the relation to the product, e.g., "manufactured for" or “distributed by”.Must be at least 1/16 of an inchRequires the firm name, street address, city or town, country, and a postal codeStreet address not required if found in a local directory
40Country of OriginThe Tariff Act of 1930 requires that the country of origin statement be placed on the label in a conspicuous location.If a domestic firm's name and address is declared as the firm responsible for distributing the product, then the country of origin statement must appear in close proximity to the name and address and be at least comparable in size of lettering.“Product of Mexico” or “Made in Mexico”
41Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) FDA estimates that:Approximately 2 percent of adults and about 5 percent of infants and young children in the United States suffer from food allergies; andEach year, roughly 30,000 individuals require emergency room treatment and 150 individuals die because of allergic reactions to food;Eight major foods or food groups--milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans-- account for 90 percent of food allergies
42FALCPAIf your product contains ingredients that are any of the allergens specified by FALCPA, they must be declared either immediately after the ingredients list in a statement that reads, “Contains Wheat, Eggs…” or in the ingredients list by listing the source allergen of the ingredient in its common name, e.g. “Flour (from wheat).”FDA is currently considering comments related to “advisory labeling” such as “produced on machinery that also processes [allergen]”
43Bilingual Labeling All labels must be in English Common reason for detentionIf the label, boxes, or inserts contain any representations or declarations in a foreign language, then all required statements must also appear in that language on that particular label (excluding mottos)You may choose to include:Two Nutrition Facts charts, orA bilingual Nutrition Facts chart.
44Product Claims Nutrient Content Claims Relative Claims “high in calcium,” “good source of vitamin C”Relative Claims“light sour cream,” “reduced sodium potato chips”Structure/Function Claims“calcium supports bone strength,” “fiber maintains regularity”Health ClaimsSpecifically reference disease, must be approved by FDA:Ex. “Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers.” Must meet FDA definition for “low fat”
45Product Claims Unapproved new drug or dietary supplement? Exporters of dietary supplements often encounter claim-related detentionsDoes it “cure cancer” orDoes it “support immunity”
46Correcting Existing Labels Correcting label mistakes in any manner may be acceptable if the final label is correct and complies with all regulations at the time of retail sale.Stickers should not cover other mandatory labeling, and should adhere tightly.Be sure to follow stringent Nutrition Facts Chart/ Supplement Facts Chart formatting guidelines.
47Common Misconceptions There is no “licensing” or “approval” process for labels (except for meat & poultry and alcoholic beverages)Common mistake – copying other wrong labelsJust because it is approved for use in the EU does not mean that it is permitted in the USBar codes, lot numbers, and expiration dates on food are not regulated by FDALabeling compliance does not mean just the label affixed to product – applies to websites, brochures, advertising, etc.
48Common Misconceptions Use of the “®” for a TrademarkIn order to use the registered trademark symbol “®”on your labeling, your product must be a registered trademark in the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protectiono may seize any goods which violate this rule and subject the violator to penalties."TM" is used for marks that are not yet registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and puts the public on notice of your claim of ownership.
51Additional Requirements Low-Acid Canned Food RegulationsHazard Analysis and Critical Control PointGood Manufacturing Practices
52FDA’s Office of Low-Acid & Acidified Canned Foods (LACF) In the 1970’s several life-threatening botulism outbreaks occurred due toInadequate thermal processing of commercially prepared low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containersimproper acidification of commercially prepared acidified foods.
53FDA LACF OfficeFDA’s office of Low-Acid Canned Food oversees the registration of factories that produce low-acid or acidified canned foods.
54What Is Required for LACF? Registration of the facility that produces the product as a Food Canning Establishment (FCE)Filing of processing information for all low-acid or acidified foods produced in the factory (SID)Coding on the packaging that identifiesthe establishment where the product was packedthe product contained thereinthe year, day, and period during which it was packed.
55What is FCE?Registration of the physical location that produces the product (note: not the office, not the importer, not the warehouse, etc)The factory is assigned a 5 digit number (e.g. FCE # 18289)Only one number is assigned per factoryTraditionally, this process takes 5-10 weeks
56What Is a “Process Filing” (SID)? An SID is a number assigned to the filings of your scheduled process information for Low-Acid or Acidified canned food with the FDA.Process Filings are required for each product produced at the factory that falls under LACF regulations.Each Process Filing is assigned an SID number (“Submission Identifier”).
57Low-Acid Canned FoodsHave an equilibrium pH value greater than 4.6 and water activity greater than 0.85,Are sealed in a hermetic, air-tight container (i.e., secure against the entry of microorganisms),Receive a heat treatment for the purpose of achieving commercial sterility, andAre normally stored and distributed under non-refrigerated conditions.
58Acidified FoodsAre low-acid foods to which acid(s) or acid food(s) are added for the purpose of reducing the pH to a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below,Have a water activity greater than 0.85, andAre stored and distributed under non-refrigerated conditions.
59Fermented FoodsAre naturally fermented whereby the pH of the food is reduced to 4.6 or below by the production of acid from the growth of acid-producing microorganisms.May be “excluded” from FCE/SID
60Common FCE-SID Detained Products Coconut MilkHerbs in OilPeppers in VinegarHot SauceSweet CustardMango Juice
61Is a Process Filing Needed? Registrar Corp uses a variety of factors to determine if a product needs a Process Filing.Important factors include pH, water activity, fermentation, carbonation, etc.We provide clients a questionnaire, which helps us begin to make the determination.
62You might need FCE-SID if… Acidified and Low-Acid food will almost always require FCE and SID registration.A product with a pH > 4.6 and water activity > 0.85 requires an FCE and SID registration.A product with acid added to pH < 4.6 and water activity > 0.85 requires an FCE and SID registration.
63You might NOT need FCE-SID if… A product with a pH > 4.6 but with a low water activity will not require FCE or SID.Fermented foods not covered by regulations will not require FCE or SID.Carbonated or Alcoholic beverages generally will not require FCE or SID.Foods that are stored, distributed and retailed “under refrigeration” do not require FCE or SID.
64Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Management system: a systematic approach to the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards.Based on common sense application of science and technology toPlan,Control, andDocumentthe safe production of foods.
65HAACP Is (Currently) Mandatory for… Seafood Products (21 CFR 123)Meat and Poultry Products (9 CFR 417)Juice Products (21 CFR 120)
66Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Guidelines and conditions which must be met to ensure production of safe and wholesome foods.Found in 21 CFR 110
68cGMP Includes:Equipment and Utensils (properly maintained, nontoxic, bonded seams, calibrated)Processes and Controls (handling of raw materials for safety, manufacturing operations conducted to prevent contaminationWarehouse & Distribution (storage and transportation designed to prevent contamination)Natural / unavoidable defects that present no health hazard: can contact FDA for “defect action levels”
71FDA Food Safety Modernization Act “FSMA” signed by President Obama 01/04/2011Phased in over time thru 2016Most significant update to food safety laws since 1938
72Motivators for FSMAAbout 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from food borne diseasesPublic health burden that is largely preventable.
73High Profile Cases Imports in the spotlight Melamine in pet food and infant formulaIllegal antibiotics in aquacultureBetter detection of common pathogens, and strains of new pathogens.
74Imports of FDA-Regulated Food Have Almost Doubled Since 2002
75Burden on Manufacturers and Importers Port-of-Entry inspection cannot handle increase in imported foodsFSMA makes Importers more responsible for quality of products from foreign manufacturers
76Vision of FSMA Prevention Inspections, Enhanced Compliance, and ResponseImport SafetyEnhancedPartnerships
77PreventionMandatory preventive controls for food companies - Final rule was due July 2012 (not published yet)Mandatory produce safety Standards -Final rule due January 2013
78Preventative Controls Scientifically- and risk-based practices that facilities use to address hazards to which their products might be exposed“Preventive Controls” may incorporate HACCP, food defense plans, and other prerequisite programs (Employee Training, etc.)Seafood and Juice facilities are exempted from FSMA’s “Preventive Controls” if following HACCPLACF exempted from requirement of preventative controls of microbiological hazards if following HACCP
79Inspection/Compliance/Response Food Facility Registration RenewalOct 1 – Dec 31, 2012Mandated inspection frequency - ImmediateRecords access - ImmediateTesting by accredited laboratories – (Establishment of accreditation program due January 2013)
80Inspection/Compliance/Response Mandatory recall - ImmediateExpanded administrative detention - Effective July 2011Prior Notice refused entry in other countries- Effective August 2011Suspension of registration - Effective June 2011Enhanced product tracing abilities - Implementation of pilots due September 2011Additional Record Keeping of high risk foods - Implementation due January 2013
81Enhanced Partnerships Reliance on inspections by other agencies, including foreign governmentsThird Party certification - System due January 2013
83Registration RenewalEach food facility must renew its U.S. FDA registration every two years (4th quarter of every even-numbered year). Starting October 1 through December 31, 2012System not currently onlineNo indication from FDA of when it may become availableNo indication of whether the Dec 31, 2012 deadline will be extended
84Prior NoticeFilers need to indicate whether a food product has been refused entry to another country
85Latest Developments New User Fees Registration Suspension Administrative DetentionsVoluntary Qualified Importer ProgramForeign Supplier Verification ProgramNew Dietary Ingredients Guidance
86New FDA User Fees New FDA User Fees Effective October 1, 2012 FDA Hourly Rate For Reinspections and Reconditioning:$221 per hour, domestic$289 per hour for foreign travel
87FSMA Reinspection Fees Invoiced to the foreign facility’s designated “U.S. Agent”That could be an importer who agreed to act as the U.S. AgentThat could be YOU if you have been designated as the “U.S. Agent” by a foreign food facility’s FDA registration
88Reinspection“Reinspection” is one or more inspections subsequent to such an inspection which identified non-compliance materially related to a food safety requirement.
89New FDA User Fees Reinspection Fee Fee is based on the number of direct hours, including:time spent conducting the physical surveillance at the facility,whatever components of such an inspection are deemed necessarymaking preparations and arrangements for the reinspection
90New FDA User Fees Reinspection Fees traveling to and from the facility preparing any reports,analyzing any samplesexamining any labels if requiredperforming other activities until the facility is in compliance.
91New FDA User Fees “Reconditioning Fees” on Imported Food Fees must be paid by owner of food or importer, depending on circumstancesFees must be paid at the hourly rate for all expenses in connection with arranging, conducting, and evaluating the results of examinations and additional examinations of product
92New FDA User Fees “Reconditioning Fees” on Imported Food Will be charged where reconditioning is required to bring food into complianceWill be charged even if product is destroyed
93Fees Related to Import Alerts (DWPE) Will be charged where food is detained by an Import AlertNo charge if food is detained, not subject to an Import Alert, and Shipper or Importer submits satisfactory proof that food is not adulterated.
94Fees Related to Import Alerts (DWPE) Exporters applying for removal from DWPE must pay FDA's hourly charges for evaluating the application, including the cost of inspecting the foreign facility if necessary.
95New FDA User Fees Not Complying with a Recall Order (1) Not initiating a recall as ordered by FDA(2) Not conducting the recall in the manner specified by FDA(3) not providing FDA with information regarding the recall as ordered by FDA.An importer who does not comply with a recall order is responsible for paying the feeThe party paying the fee would be the party that received the recall order.
96Registration Suspension FDA’s power to suspend the registration of food facilities effectively closes any facility that created, caused, or is responsible for food having a reasonable probability of adverse health consequences to humans or animals. FDA may also suspend registration of facilities suspected to have prior knowledge or involvement in introducing such food into commerce in the United States.
97Registration Suspension Registration may be held in suspension until U.S. FDA determines the cause to be rectified and that no further health consequences exist. FDA also announced its right to require “corrective action plans” from suspended facilities as proof that no further health consequences exist.
98Administrative Detention Allows FDA to proactively halt food suspected of adulteration or misbranding at the border instead of being required to wait for a proven health concern. If FDA suspects food to have been produced or processed in unsanitary conditions, the agency may administratively detain food products for up to 30 days.
99Import Safety Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Foreign Supplier Verification Program
100Import Safety Voluntary Qualified Importer Program(VQIP) Implementation was due June 2012FDA must establish a user-fee funded VQIP to expedite entry into the United States of imported food from eligible, qualified importers.To be eligible to participate, an importer must offer food for importation from a facility that has a certification by an accredited third party.FDA will qualify eligible importers to participate in VQIP based on risk considerations.The new law directs FDA to issue guidance on participation in and compliance with VQIP.100
101Import Safety Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Regulation was due January 2012FSVP requires all importers to conduct risk-based foreign supplier verification activities to verify that imported food is not adulterated and that it was produced in compliance with FDA’s preventive controls requirements and produce safety standards, where applicable.
102Dietary Supplements Guidance FDA issued a draft guidance which reviews the methods in which a manufacturer wishing to use a dietary ingredient should notify the U.S. FDA before adding such ingredients to products. Clarifies what a “new dietary ingredient” (NDI) isClarifies the type of data FDA expects to receive in support of an NDINew requirement aims to protect consumers from unnecessary public safety concerns from new dietary ingredients with unclear health risks.
104FDA Registered Facilities Domestic registrations: 169,884Foreign registrations: 445,884Total: 615,768**As of May 22, 2012
105Inspections and Detentions FDA’s review of a facility or product can have serious impact on businessSuspension of registration will result in the inability to sell food products in one of the world’s largest markets105
106Reasons for Inspection Routine scheduleSurveyResponse to reported problemFulfillment of FSMA mandate106
113Shipment Detained? Shipment arrives, FDA has options: ReleaseDetain –Review – ReleaseDetain – Review – Test – ReleaseDetain – Review – Test – Refuse entryPhone call in the nightIf an importer advises you of detention, ask for a copy of the “Notice of FDA Action.”
114Compliance IssuesMisbranding: FDA has jurisdiction to ensure that food labeling is truthful, non-misleading, and adequate to ensure that foods are safe and effective for their intended uses.Adulteration: FDA has jurisdiction to ensure that foods are properly processed, meet their specifications and are not contaminated.114
116Common Reasons for Detention Failure to label product correctly – Most of these detentions could have been avoided by pre-shipment label review.Failure to make required electronic filings – Registrations, Process Filings, Prior Notices…
119Detention Without Physical Examination Products from certain countries, foreign manufacturer, a specific product, or shipper may be placed on an “Import Alert,” also called Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE).Reasons may include:article has been manufactured, processed, or packed under insanitary conditionsarticle is adulterated, misbranded
120Removal from DWPENot easy: FDA must believe the issue(s) causing the listing have been resolved (i.e. what have you changed?);A minimum of five consecutive non-violative commercial shipments before the FDA will consider removal;Shipments should represent routine commercial entries and include certain documentation;A written petition with documentation must be submitted to FDA for their review/action
121Proactive versus Reactive Numerous regulations already existU.S. offers enormous market potential and products will only need to comply with specific regulations, not all.Best advice: stay informed. Many changes are coming over the next 4 years.Investing in compliance is much cheaper than reacting to a failed inspection or detention in the U.S.Detentions mean demurrage, laboratory testing fees, warehousing fees, cost to “recondition” product, return freight, possible FDA fees, and loss of a customer.
122Compliance to U.S. FDA Regulations Determining compliance BEFORE the first shipment to the U.Sis much cheaper than a single detention.Think about the various costs of a detention:Demurrage: $$$ per dayLaboratory testing fees: $$$ per sampling/testWarehousing fees: $,$$$ ?Freight cost to return the product: $,$$$ ?Cost to “recondition” the product (re-label, for example): $,$$$ ?Cost of loosing a client: $$$,$$$ ?FDA Fees $$$?
124FDASIAThe Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act for Generic Drug FacilitiesSigned into law on July 9, 2012Effective October 1, 2012Requires additional information to be submitted for the registration of domestic and foreign drug facilities
125FDASIAUnique facility identifiers of each drug establishment (FEI & DUNS)Point of contact address As of October 1, 2012, the re-registration period for domestic and foreign drug manufacturers has been changed to October 1st to December 31st of each year, instead of the previously more open-ended period of on or before December 31st of each year.
126GDUFA The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 GDUFA allows collection of new fees beginning October 1, 2012IncludesApplication FeesAbbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs)Prior Approval Supplements (PASs) to ANDAsANDA backlog FeeDMF FeesAnnual Facility Fees
127GDUFA – Self Identification and Fees On October 2, 2012, FDA issued a “Notice of Requirement,” notifying operators of generic drug facilities/certain sites/organizations that are identified in a generic drug submission that they must now provide self-identification information to FDA by Dec 3, 2012.Self Identification will allow FDA to determine the fee that will be paid by certain facilities.FAILURE to self-identify may result in generic drug products and API’s being deemed misbranded, resulting in detention and refusal of shipments
128GDUFA - Facility FeesAny person that owns a facility that is identified or in at least one generic drug submission that is pending or approved to produce one or more generic drug Finished Dosage Forms (FDFs) and/or APIs is required to self-identify & pay facility fees.If a facility manufactures both generic FDFs and APIs, Under GDUFA, such a facility will incur annual FDF and annual API facility fees.An annual facility fee will be due for each facility assigned a unique Facility Establishment Identifier (FEI).
129Sunscreen LabelingFDA issued a final rule in June 2011 for sunscreen labeling that mandated specific statements and revised testing proceduresFinal rule had an initial effective date ofJune 2012Was extended to December 17, 2012Vast majority of sunscreen labels (including those for cosmetic products that have SPF) must comply by that date.
130About Registrar CorpExpertise in Food & Beverages, Medical Devices, Cosmetics, Radiation Emitting Devices, and DrugsFounded in 2003, based in Hampton, Virginia, USA with over 100 employeesAll services are fixed fee, no hourly rates25,000 total clients served from more than 150 countries“Live Help” on web site19 overseas offices.
131Food & Beverage Services FDA Food Facility RegistrationsRegistration Renewals in 2012U.S. Agent ServiceFood Labeling ReviewsLow-Acid & Acidified Canned Food RegistrationsPrior Notice FilingsDetention AssistanceAudit Service starting October 2012
132Pre-Inspection Assistance Service COMING SOONAs part of our U.S. Agent service, Registrar Corp will dispatch a food safety expert trained in FDA inspections to facilities to help prepare if a notice of FDA inspection after October 1, 2012 is received.This assistance is included at no additional charge other than travel and lodging expenses.