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Registration now open: FSVP training, Feb. 28-March 1

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Course for Foods and Dietary Supplements

Feb. 28-March 1

Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus

Sandy, Utah

Only 30 seats available!

This course is designed to help participants understand the role of food importers under the new Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) rule, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Foods covered under the new rule include dietary ingredients, raw materials used in dietary supplements and natural products marketed with a Nutrition Facts panel as a food product. The course will focus on the expectations of the new rule and will explain the requirements of importers. Many importers are already outside of compliance with this law, published in 2015.

Who or what falls under the FSVP requirement: For the purposes of FSVP, an importer is the U.S. owner or consignee of a food offered for import into the United States. If there is no U.S. owner or consignee, the importer is the U.S. agency or representative of the foreign owner of consignee at the time of entry, as confirmed in a signed statement of consent. See Am I Subject to FSVP? for more information.

$895 UNPA members & MOU Partners

$1,095 Non-Members

Visit the UNPA Events page for more details and to register.

UNPA announces expanded in-house education and training for food and supplement companies

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 23, 2017) —  In an effort to assist its members and the broader natural health products industry in improving and maintaining regulatory compliance, the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is now offering onsite education and training courses for food and dietary supplement companies.

UNPA’s onsite education and trainings provide a host of efficient and cost-effective staff trainings that can save companies time, money and travel costs, plus they allow for confidential, proprietary discussions and solutions with staff and trusted suppliers as they develop policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance. “These onsite, in-house trainings allow UNPA to further its mission to help companies reach and maintain compliance with ever-evolving federal regulatory requirements,” said UNPA President Loren Israelsen. “The onsite trainings have been met with universal approval as a smart, efficient way to accomplish staff education and raise the bar for quality initiatives in the dietary supplement category.”

UNPA’s onsite training program is led by Larisa Pavlick, UNPA’s VP of Global Regulatory & Compliance, a 20–year industry veteran, who most recently served as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Denver district office. As an FDA investigator, Pavlick has been in more than 200 facilities, and she is a lead instructor for the standardized coursework for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), part of the requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). She will shortly become a lead instructor to teach standardized training for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), also a requirement of FSMA. CONTINUE →

Who’s your PCQI?


By Loren Israelsen, President, United Natural Products Alliance

If I were to ask, “Who is your PCQI?” (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual), there would be three typical responses:

1. What is PCQI?
2. I don’t know; I’ll ask around and get back to you.
3. Yes, we do have a PCQI (BTW: PCQI is a person, not a thing!).

If an FDA investigator or a major customer were to ask this question of you or your staff, then what? I confess, it took me a while to get the acronym and the concept of PCQI straight in my head, so if that is your situation, you are not alone.

What’s a PCQI?

So, what (remember, it is a “who”) is PCQI?

Preventive Controls for Human Foods is one of seven provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSMA aims to “ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”  CONTINUE →



in the 4Q17 ISSUE of Asiaceutical Insights

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Featured Video: UNPA's FSVP training overview

Larisa Pavlick, UNPA's VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance, discusses the upcoming FSVP training, Feb. 28-March 1, in Sandy, Utah.




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