FSMA Final Rule – Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods 

 February 1, 2022

By  Rachel Montgomery

On Tuesday, January 25th, the FDA announced the final rule and posted an at a glance fact sheet  for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF).

The final rule establishes a laboratory accreditation program for the testing of food in certain circumstances and the compliance is 6 months from the date of the final rule.  Participation by accreditation bodies and food testing laboratories is voluntary.   Use of LAAF-accredited labs to conduct food testing will be required only in certain circumstances, including the following import situations:  to support removal of a food from an import alert through successful consecutive testing requirements and to support admission of an imported food detained at the border because it is or appears to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  There are also other specific circumstances as you can see if you take a look at the rule.  The rule was proposed in November 2019, and for more information, you can find the responses to comments to the proposed rule by looking at the final rule’s preamble.

About the author

Mrs. Montgomery is an FSPCA Lead Instructor for PCQI Human Food, PCQI Animal Food and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) courses with over 30 years experience as a food safety executive in large-scale manufacturing. Montgomery offers virtual training spread over multiple shorter days to fulfill the hours required yet allow team members more time to absorb the training and also stay in touch with their work teams. Montgomery is the Principal of Simple Compliance Solutions, LLC and a Registered Microbiologist (National Registry of Certified Microbiologists).