Explaining How the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program Will Work

The Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, or VQIP, is a voluntary, fee-based program for importers that will allow expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the United States for approved applicants who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) required FDA to establish VQIP, and the agency expects to begin accepting applications from importers in early 2018.

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