The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 fee rates, which in particular cover the fees for facility reinspections and participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP).
These fees were authorized by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and were first implemented in October 2011 (for FY 2012). Reinspection fees are charged when FDA performs an inspection subsequent to an inspection that identified a “noncompliance materially related to a food safety requirement of [the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act], specifically to determine whether compliance has been achieved.” VQIP is a voluntary, fee-based program that provides expedited review and import entry of human and animal foods into the United States for participating importers.
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