FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Training

Now offered in 2 formats:

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FSVP compliance dates began May 30th, 2017
and more follow from March 2018 on!
Do you know how to be ready to ensure no import miscues?

TThe “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation of the U.S. FDA applies to all food products grown or manufactured outside of and brought into the United States. The regulation is complex, and the U.S. Importer now has the responsibility of ensuring that its foreign suppliers are doing what they need to do in order to meet the same food safety standards as food grown & produced in the U.S. Only one example of the complexity is with the Dietary Supplements & components; although exempt from the Preventive Controls Rule, they are not exempt from the FSVP requirements!

This course is designed for U.S.-based importers who meet the definition of “FSVP Importer,” which includes those who own or are the consignee of food at time of entry, or if no owner or consignee exists, the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner. The “FSVP Importer” must be identified at entry and the “FSVP Importer’s” Compliance will be determined through a domestic inspection program – i.e. FDA inspection of FSVP Importers. Companies have a specific amount of time to comply depending on the size of the foreign supplier as well as other criteria (see FDA.gov).

Simple Compliance Solutions LLC, now offers FSPCA-approved classroom training both at public venues and on-site at companies/organizations, or at a company or organization’s preferred location for private training and NEW live interactive instructor-led virtual for private and public training – this saves travel time and money!


  • Attending this course will help you understand the FSVP requirements for dealing with hazards and controls, the verification activities, written procedures and records, and how all of those requirements can be met in your particular circumstance.
  • The course will also provide an effective way to implement a risk-based framework in which importers can evaluate potential products and suppliers and ensure that appropriate verification activities occur.
  • Receive the official FSPCA Certificate of Completion and the official FSPCA course book, with reference material.

Who Should Attend

  • Importers of human and animal food in the United States
  • Brokers
  • Exporters
  • Foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S.
  • Persons/Business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources
  • Representatives of foreign governments


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Typical Agenda for the 16-hour Foreign Supplies Verification Programs Training
(10 Modules)


This is The Official Curriculum Taught By Lead Instructors Holding Certificates.


Day 1
(8 Hours)

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Chapter 1: Context: FSMA and FSVP
  • Chapter 2: Setting the Stage : Building the Foundation for the FSVP Process
  • Chapter 3: Overview of Requirements
  • Recap: Preventive Controls and Produce Safety Session
  • Chapter 4: Hazard Analysis



Day 2
(8 Hours)

  • Chapter 5: Evaluation and Approval of Foreign Supplier
  • Chapter 6: Foreign Supplier Verification
  • Chapter 7: Reevaluation of Foreign Supplier
  • Chapter 8: Importer Identification
  • Chapter 9: Records
  • Chapter 10: FDA Oversight


FSPCA Lead Instructor

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Mrs. Montgomery is an FSPCA Lead Instructor (Human Foods Certificate # 32c592bd, Animal Foods Certificate # 1bd2c691, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Certificate # f3830814) with over 30 years experience as a food safety executive in large-scale manufacturing. Montgomery is the Principal of Simple Compliance Solutions, LLC and a Registered Microbiologist (National Registry of Certified Microbiologists).



Upcoming Training for Public Courses

Option 1 Online - FSPCA Virtual Course


Beginning June, 2017
Virtual Online (Cost: $895)


The live interactive instructor-led virtual online course is identical to the site-based course with the exception of it being conducted over the Google Hangouts platform. You will need webcam and headset to join the live conference training. The 16-hour course, normally 2 days on a site, is conducted in 2 live virtual sessions  or 3 live virtual sessions; the sessions are live and directed by an FSPCA lead instructor

Upcoming schedules for the virtual online course:

Day 1  (12:30 am – 4:00 pm EST)  |  Day 2 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm EST)
2018: October 5 and October 8

Day 1  (9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST)  |  Day 2 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST)  |  Day 3 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST)
2018: August 8-10

Day 1  (12:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST)  |  Day 2 (12:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST)  |  Day 3 (12:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST)
2018: September 5-7, November 5-7, December 3-6


Also, you may contact the instructor to request a private course or even suggest dates and sites for public courses.


You may purchase the course manual here. Alternatively you can download and print the approximately 500 page PDF. You need a printed version, as the electronic version of the PDF does not work well for participants because they have to move back and forth between the chapter and various appendices.



Option 2 - FSPCA In-Person Classroom


Beginning May, 2017
Kiawah Island, SC (Cost: $895)

This course is 2 day on site, includes $50 certificate, course manual/reference book, light lunch and snacks.


Being in the class room that overlooks the beautiful ocean and beaches of Kiawah Island is a huge bonus to the class. It sets a very beautiful and relaxing atmosphere to learn in.”

– Randy Franklin, Great Eastern Sun


Course location:
Beautiful Kiawah Island (near Charleston), South Carolina, 29455, at The Sandcastle, an Oceanside Conference & Event Center, One Shipwatch Road. (Kiawah Island is a world renowned conference and vacation locale, for families and special events, and voted # 1 island in North America by Conde Nast Traveler. Kiawah is the home of the Ocean Course: “Proud Host of the 2021 PGA Championship” and host of the 1991 Ryder Cup, 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championships and 4 other beautiful public courses, among numerous other awards such as # 1 Family Resort and # 1 Tennis Resort.) Note: the conference room has windows overlooking the beach and a deck to gather during breaks or access the beach for a walk.
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In Historic Charleston, SC
A vast assortment of hotels are nearby in Historic Charleston, voted America’s # 1 Small City, 5 years & counting: www.charlestoncvb.com (Note: Charleston hotels closest to Kiawah that have been recommended by other course attendees are the Residence Inn Charleston, and the Holiday Inn Riverview, both with views of the Ashley River.)

On Kiawah
The Andell Inn(AndellInn.com, Tel: 843-793-6050), is a Boutique Village Resort Hotel, voted a Top 10 Hotel, 2015 by Southern Living Magazine and located in Freshfields Village, a unique town-center mix of shopping and dining, in a stylish atmosphere.

1, 2, & 3 bedroom villas & also houses are also available on Kiawah:

  • KiawahResort.com (Tel: 800-654-2924)
  • PamHarringtonExclusives.com (Tel: 800-845-6966) 5 night minimum


Refund Policy:
Cancellations with refund up to 2 weeks prior. The $19.95 processing fee is not refunded.




Private Options for Training

This course can also be delivered as private training in-house or at your preferred location for your company or organization. Please contact the Lead Instructor, Rachel Montgomery, to request a quote.

Facility and corporate executives: bring your entire or key members of your food safety team to this public course (or as a private option) and take advantage of time to confer and to plan your compliance with this far-reaching new rule. Bringing in key leaders and cross-functional team members can be instrumental in building or strengthening your food safety culture. It is also an opportunity to bring family members and combine business with meaningful family time at a resort location.


contact Phone: (843) 564-8583
Email: [email protected]





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