The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a guidance document entitled Recognition of Acceptable Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs [(FSVP)] Regulation, which recognizes the use of Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers for identifying the FSVP importer to FDA when filing entry for imported food. This recognition was anticipated, having been forecast during the rulemaking. It is notable, however, because it serves as a reminder of the importance of ensuring the appropriate entity’s DUNS number is provided at entry given the significant responsibilities placed on the FSVP importer. Therefore, in addition to providing background on and a summary of FDA’s guidance, this post also discusses the significance of DUNS numbers for identifying the FSVP importer.
This new requirement takes effect as soon as May 30, 2017 for some imports. DUNS numbers also will be required for imported food that is verified or further processed under the either of the Preventive Controls regulations.
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