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Foreign Supplier Verification Program


About The Foreign Supplier Verification Program Course:

          FSVP requires importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards.  More specifically, FSVP requires that importers verify that their suppliers are producing food using processes and procedures that offer the same level of public health protection as the preventive controls (PC) requirements in the preventive controls and current good manufacturing practices rules for human food and animal food and produce safety FSMA rules, and that the food is not adulterated and properly labeled with respect to allergens. This course is 

        This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which focuses on safe food practices. This course is designed for:

  1. U.S.‐based importers who meet the definition of “importer” in the FSVP rule, which includes those who own or are the consignee of food at the time of entry, or, if no owner or consignee exists, the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner.
  2. Others who have an interest in ensuring that the requirements of the FSVP rule are met, including brokers, exporters, foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S., persons/business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources, and representatives of foreign governments. 

        The FSVP curriculum was designed by regulatory, academia, and industry professionals and developed with funding from FDA as part of the FSPCA. In contrast to the Preventive Controls (PC) rules, the FSVP rule does not require you to attend a training program following a “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Attending this course, however, will help you understand the FSVP requirements and how those requirements can be met in your particular circumstance.

Note: We recommend taking the Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course prior to the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Course. 

Course Format Options


Two Part Blended

Two Part Blended


 These courses are best for participants that are new to FSMA or food safety regulations or those that are not comfortable using computer technology to learn. The class runs for 1.5 days (12 hours) and includes direct instruction, small group work, and individual reflection. Current offerings are limited.

 Click here to view current in-person course offerings. 

Two Part Blended

Two Part Blended

Two Part Blended


This version of the course brings together the best of both worlds.  Part 1 is completed individually online and Part 2 is complete in a live webinar with an expert instructor and other participants.  Part 1 is ran by FSPCA and you must register separately. Once you have completed Part 1, you have six months to complete the in-person Part 2 of the course- this is the part we offer. Part 2 is conducted in two 4-hour sessions over two days (8 hours total), in which we will review the material from the online course and work in small groups to practice the skills necessary for implementing the Foreign Supplier Verification Program.

 Click here to view current Blended Course Part 2 offerings. 

  Click here to read more about this format from FSPCA

Live Webinar

Coming Soon: Self-Study with Weekly Live Webinars

Coming Soon: Self-Study with Weekly Live Webinars


This course is delivered completely online in a synchronous, webinar format. The 12 hour time commitment is split into 3, 4-hour half-day webinars. A combination of direct instruction, small group work, and individual reflection are used. Please check specific software/hardware requirements before registering.

Click here to view current live webinar course offerings

Coming Soon: Self-Study with Weekly Live Webinars

Coming Soon: Self-Study with Weekly Live Webinars

Coming Soon: Self-Study with Weekly Live Webinars


Coming Soon!

Need something with more flexibility? This course allows you to watch recorded lectures and complete coursework on your own schedule. Weekly discussions on the course content help to solidify the most important learning objectives and get your questions answered from a knowledgeable instructor.  These courses typically run monthly. Please check specific software/hardware requirements before registering. 

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