Members of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) are reminded to register their food and dietary supplement facilities with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSMA, signed into law in January 2011, amended registration requirements for food facilities so that the former one-time registration process has now been replaced by a requirement to renew registrations between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of each even-numbered year starting in 2012.
On Dec. 12, 2012, FDA issued a guidance document stating that because there was a delay in FDA's implementation of biennial registration renewal for the 2012 cycle and registration renewal did not become available until Oct. 22, 2012, the agency would exercise "enforcement discretion" with respect to registration renewals submitted after Dec. 31, 2012, for a period of 31 days, until Jan. 31, 2013.
All food and dietary supplement facilities must now renew their present registration by Jan. 31, 2013. Those who are not registered must do so. Additional registration information to that previously required in the registration process is described in the fifth edition of Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration.
AHPA members are encouraged to read the new guidance document and then check FDA's food facility registration website for more information and to register or perform registration renewal online.