The Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiative designed to expedite the importation of food products from participating importers with a strong track record of compliance.
The application portal which opened on January 1, 2023, will close on May 31, 2023, for fiscal year (FY) 2024.
The VQIP is a voluntary program that aims to facilitate the importation of food products into the United States by recognizing and incentivizing importers who have demonstrated a commitment to food safety and compliance. By meeting specific eligibility criteria and maintaining a robust history of compliance, importers can benefit from expedited entry of their food products through the customs clearance process.
To participate in the VQIP, importers need to complete the application process through the dedicated VQIP Portal. This online platform serves as the central hub for managing VQIP applications, communicating with the FDA, and submitting necessary documentation. The VQIP Portal streamlines the enrollment process, making it more efficient and convenient for importers seeking to take advantage of the benefits offered by the program. Visit the Application User Guide for additional detail.
The May 31 deadline serves as a cutoff date for importers who wish to enroll in the VQIP for the upcoming period. Importers must ensure that their applications and all required supporting documentation are submitted to the VQIP Portal by this deadline. Meeting the deadline is crucial as late submissions may result in delayed participation or exclusion from the program. By participating in this program importers can demonstrate their commitment to compliance, enhance their supply chain efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage in the U.S. market.
The FDA offers a VIQP Importers help desk connecting applicants to FDA staff who can support questions. 1-301-796-8745 or by email to FSMAVQIP@fda.hhs.gov
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