The U.S. FDA registration process for domestic facilities and foreign facilities exporting to the U.S. is now open, October 22, 2012. Under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) domestic and foreign food facilities (including food storage facilities) are required to register with the U.S. FDA biennially (on even numbered years 2012, 2014, 2016 etc.). Initially announced October 1, 2011, the process of registration was delayed until today.
Owners, operators, or agents in charge of domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. are required to register the facility with the FDA.
Foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food are required to register unless food from that facility undergoes further processing (including packaging) by another foreign facility before the food is exported to the United States. However, if the subsequent foreign facility performs only a minimal activity, such as putting on a label, both facilities are required to register.
Failure to register or renew a registration will result in products from a foreign facility being refused entry into the U.S.