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FDA Announces DUNS Numbers Acceptable as Importer ID & FDA FSVP Program Starts May 27

: US Customs

FDA Announces DUNS Numbers Acceptable as Importer ID & FDA FSVP Program Starts May 27 2017-04-19

On March 30, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a guidance document announcing that FDA will now be accepting Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers issued by Dun & Bradstreet as an acceptable unique facility identifier (UFI) for the purposes of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).
Initially, FDA proposed to require the FSVP importer’s name as well as DUNS number for each food product line entry being brought into the US.
However, after comments made during the comment period, the final rule was revised to only require an acceptable UFI, of which a DUNS number is now listed. When the final rule goes into effect, the FSVP importer’s name, electronic mailing address, and UFI will be required.
For more information and guidance documents regarding FSVP importer identification, please click on: FDA Update – March 31
Starting May 27, 2017, the FDA will begin implementing the FSVP Program The FSVP rule requires importers (defined in the rule as the US owner or consignee of the imported food) to validate that the food items being imported have met with US safety standards.
Two key requirements to be instituted by the FSVP include: 
  • Identification of the “FSVP Importer” for food products imported into the US.
  • The FSVP Importer must verify their suppliers are employing prevention-based food safety practices. Importers will need to have a plan in place that identifies potential hazards for all food items they are importing. 
For more information on the FSVP, see the below links: 


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