Understanding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Resources for Dietary Supplement Manufacturers and Raw Material Suppliers
What Is FSMA?
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011 by President Obama and aims to proactively prevent contamination in the US food supply chain, rather than just retroactively responding to it. According to the FDA, it is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in over 70 years.
FSMA’s main focus is to require more stringent documentation to ensure food safety across the supply chain. However, due to its broad scope, it can be challenging for dietary supplement manufacturers and raw material suppliers to feel 100% confident in determining what exactly is required of them, and where the burden of responsibility falls for compliance.
Vitature®, A Cloud-Based Compliance Solution, Helps Mitigate Risk.
Vitature streamlines the collection and management of required documentation for dietary supplement manufacturers and raw material suppliers to prove compliance with FSMA and other regulatory requirements for the dietary supplement industry.
Vitature’s collaboration portal allows dietary supplement manufacturers to request documentation directly from raw material suppliers, thereby increasing efficiency and accuracy across the supply chain. The collaboration portal handles documentation and information exchanges securely, and allows manufacturers and suppliers to see, at a glance, what documents are missing or expiring in an effort to help companies manage risk.
What Exactly Does Vitature Track?
Vitature tracks FSMA compliance requirements specific to the dietary supplement industry and stores related documentation, including:
- Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) (21 CFR 117 – Subpart C)
- Food Defense Plans (21 CFR 121 – Subpart C)
- Supply Chain Controls (21 CFR 117 – Subpart G)
- Sanitary Transportation Policy and Procedures (21 CFR 1 – Subpart O)
- Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Food Importers (FSVP) (21 CFR 1 – Subpart L)
- Bioterrorism Compliance Statements (21 CFR 1 – Subpart H)