FDA Issues Third-Party Certification Program User Guide, Amends Certain Labeling Provisions
The Food and Drug Administration has published an electronic user guide for its accredited third-party certification program portal. In this voluntary program established by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the agency recognizes “accreditation bodies” that may accredit third-party “certification bodies.” The certification bodies will be able to conduct food safety audits and issue certifications for food facilities, for both human and animal foods, and the foods they produce.
The user guide is designed to help entities apply for recognition as accreditation bodies through the portal. It will also help recognized accreditation bodies manage their accounts in the portal, including profiles of certification bodies they have accredited.
Separately, the FDA has amended its regulations pertaining to the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels in order to correct errors that were made in labeling examples, restore incorrect deletions, correct the edition of a reference cited in the rule, and correct cross-references to other regulations. This action is ministerial or editorial in nature.