FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal, Are You Ready?

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Find more detailed information on our FDA Food Facility Registration & Renewal publication.


FDA Registration Renewal, coming due soon!

As of January 4, 2011, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires registration from all facilities that manufacture, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption.


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Facilities must have their registration renewed by the owner, operator, or agent in charge between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.


As of January 4, 2020, the FDA requires all renewals to be submitted electronically on their FURLS database website.


The FDA offers an abbreviated registration for operations that do not have changes to their registration; the owner, operator or agent in charge will need to verify information and data before submitting the abbreviated registration.


Unique Facility Identifiers & DUNS Numbers, what are they?

The FDA now requires a unique facility identifier (UFI) to be entered onto applications when facilities are registering or renewing their FDA facility registration to avoid having their FDA registration cancelled


The requirement for a UFI has been extended to December, 31, 2022.


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As of 2022, DUNS numbers are the only FDA recognized UFI. DUNS numbers can be obtained, free of charge from Dunn & BradstreetIt can take up to thirty (30) days after your request to receive a DUNS number. Dunn & Bradstreet also offers expedited requests for a fee.


Resources

NC State Extension publication: FDA Food Processing Facility Registration

Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Seventh Edition)

Food Facility Registration User Guide: Step-by-Step Instructions for Registration

Guidance for Industry: Enforcement Policy for Providing an Acceptable Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) for the 2020 Food Facility Registration Biennial Renewal Period

FDA Extends Flexibility for Unique Facility Identifier Requirement for Food Facility Registration through December 2022

Frequently Asked Questions on FSMA