FDA’s Expedited Import Program: How to Join and Why You Should
Webinar: 1 CCS Credit
The Food and Drug Administration’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program is a fee-based program that will offer food importers that have demonstrated a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains an opportunity for expedited clearance of shipments. The FDA will start accepting applications to participate in VQIP starting Jan. 1, 2018, but participation will be limited and the application period will only be open for three months. In this webinar Domenic Veneziano, the FDA lead on VQIP and former director of the FDA Division of Import Operations, will examine how to take advantage of the VQIP program to remain competitive in the marketplace.
- benefits importers can expect
- eligibility criteria
- positioning your company to be selected for participation
- details of the Quality Assurance Program
- what happens after the application is submitted
Shelly Garg is an attorney with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s FDA Practice Group. She represents clients across a broad range of FDA-regulated product categories, including food, beverages, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics. She advises in strategic business planning, product development, testing and approval, labeling, advertisement and promotion, liability risk, inspections, responding to regulatory enforcement matters, and related issues. Her keen insights into the FDA and its inner workings have proved to be of significant value to her clients in successfully resolving matters before the agency.
Domenic Veneziano is a consultant for ST&R and works closely with the firm’s FDA Practice Group to provide advice to producers, importers, exporters, and distributors of FDA-regulated commodities; to evaluate medical device and food facilities to determine compliance with good manufacturing practice regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act; and to help clients correct any deviations found during FDA inspections or third-party audits. A 24year veteran of the FDA and U.S. Public Health Service, Veneziano served as a senior FDA leader with prominent roles in the oversight of the agency’s national import operations program. These included the development and implementation of PREDICT targeting system and import trade communication system, the integration of the Automated Commercial Environment with FDA systems, and implementation of the FSMA and the Food and Drug Safety and Innovations Act.