As we wind down for the year, I wanted to remind you to update your FDA food facility registration. This is mandatory. You must update your registration every two years on the even years between October 1 and December 31. If you registered at any other time, you still must conduct the required renewal during this period.
Here is the bad news. If, during an FDA audit, the investigator discovers your registration is not current, it could be included on the FDA Form 483-Inspectional Observations.
All food facilities must register, including dietary supplement companies and ingredient suppliers. Anyone manufacturing, labeling, holding, or distributing must register per the Food Safety Modernization Act.
The FDA Renewal site reads in part:
“2018 Food Facility Biennial Registration Renewal
October 1, 2018 12:01AM through December 31, 2018 12:59PM
Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350d] requires food facilities that are required to register with FDA to renew such registrations during the period beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year.
Please be advised that “updating” your registration is a different function than “renewing” your registration. During the renewal period, you will not see the “Update” button listed on the FFRM main menu, until the registration is renewed. If a registration is not renewed by 11:59 PM on December 31, 2018, the registration is considered expired and will be removed from your account.
If you have any further questions please contact the FURLS Helpdesk: by phone 1-800-216-7331 or 301-575-0156; or by email at FURLS@fda.gov.”
Warning: Do not pay for registration! There are companies out there that will charge to register your company; however, this is free at the FDA website, and it should be quick and easy. If you do not have your registration number, it may take a bit longer, but, regardless, it is free. Beware, if you Google registration, your top hits will be pay-for-service sites. Be sure you use the link below to go directly to the FDA site.
Here are a few links to assist you:
FDA registration page:
FDA page titled Online Registration of Food Facilities:
FDA document titled What do food facilities need to know about this year’s biennial registration renewal period?
Enjoy your holiday. Rest and refresh. See you next year.