Question - are your products that you are shipping into the US "FSVP" or not?
It appears so .Where would I get this information from whether product is FSVP or not.Its Spirulina and beetroot powder. One is categorized as supplement and other food.
Question - since it was a "proposal" email - does this mean they are giving you an option of saying no?
They are giving option but considering we sell volumes ,management wants to go with proposal. It is 3 full day audit hence was thinking if anyone can share their experience I can use in preparation.
As the exporter (your company) it is your responsibility to check to see if your products need FSVP -- there is a bit of documentation involved - should take a look at the FSVP on the FDA website to verify if it applies to your company/products that are exported to the US.
As Charles mentioned it would be the importer in the US that should be pestering your company for FSVP.
We are finding however that most are not pestering their Foreign exporters - this is a worry indeed as it can sure mess up the supply chain if the exporters stuff is stopped from entry.
Currently we are vetting suppliers for one of our clients and while the client is not an importer they are getting product from brokers that are buying from foreign companies and we are asking each one for FSVP verification and finding NO COMPLIANCE.
My suggestion is that your management might think having a 3-day super audit by the FDA as a good thing, if your company is required to comply with FSVP and cannot show proof of this having that audit would be like having your pants down and awaiting a bad spanking.
Make sure you are clear of being required to participate in the FSVP or if you must and then get it in place as fast as possible and then invite them over for their super audit, because a 3 day audit is exactly that - a super audit.
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