By Dave Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct a webinar on Oct. 25 from 1- 2 p.m. Eastern to provide food facility registrants with information regarding the 2018 biennial registration renewal that began Oct. 1.
The registration requirement applies to domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold (store) food for human or animal consumption in the United States. Among the facilities required to register with FDA are grain elevators, feed mills, flour mills, corn and oilseed processors, pet food manufacturers, renderers and others.
The FDA facility registration requirement initially was established in 2003 through the Bioterrorism Act. In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) amended the food facility registration requirements by stipulating that food facilities required to register with FDA now are to renew their registrations with the agency every other year (biennially), during the period beginning on Oct. 1 and ending on Dec. 31 of each even-numbered year.
Owners, operators or agents in charge of food facilities are required to submit their registration renewal this year. The owner, operator or agent in charge of the facility also may authorize an individual to submit the renewal on his or her behalf. Renewals can be submitted electronically through the FDA Industry Systems website. Alternatively, renewals can be submitted via mail or fax using FDA Form 3537. Significantly, this is the last biennial renewal period that FDA will be accepting paper submissions, unless a waiver has been granted under the agency’s food facility registration regulations.
FDA’s webinar is intended to provide a quick demo of the registration system and answer general questions related to registration renewal. To register for the webinar, visit the Food Facility Registration – Biennial Registration Renewal Informational Webinar webpage. The registration webpage offers the opportunity to submit questions to be addressed by speakers during the webinar.
Questions about completing the food facility registration process or about the upcoming webinar may be directed to the FDA Industry Systems Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (800) 216-7331.