Division of Produce Safety, US Food and Drug Administration

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Dr. Samir Assar is the Director of the Division of Produce Safety in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Since 2008, Dr. Assar has led the development of FDA’s policy, regulation, and guidance on produce safety, including those mandated by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Dr. Assar provides strategic leadership in developing plans for research, training, and compliance activities that target a safe and abundant produce supply. Dr. Assar is committed to enhancing partnerships with produce safety stakeholders and has collaboratively forged initiatives and agreements aimed at protecting public health.

Session Details

Breakout Session 1A:
Getting Ready for FSMA

Breakout Session 4A:
FDA Recognition for Certification Bodies


Dates: 06 & 07 November 2018

06 November 2018: 02:00 – 03:00 pm
07 November 2018: 11:00 – 12:00 am

1A: Plenary Hall
4A: Breakout Room 1

About the Session

Getting Ready for FSMA:
Fruit and vegetable producers that want to sell their produce to the US market are beginning to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce rules, both within the US and outside. GLOBALG.A.P. has developed a special FSMA Produce Safety Rule Add-on for its GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standards that enables GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers to demonstrate that their food safety measures and practices are in line with FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. Panelists in this session will explain major requirements and share first-hand experience about using the GLOBALG.A.P. solution

FDA Recognition for Certification Bodies:
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published rules for conformity assessment bodies to conduct formal FDA assessments. Accordingly, CBs may apply for recognition to FDA approved Accreditation Bodies (ABs). The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is one of the two first FDA-approved bodies. This session will lay out the requirements and procedures for CBs and share experiences of participants in the process.