Beginning October 1, 2020, FDA will require a unique facility identification (UFI) number when registering food production facilities. Right now FDA has only approved Data Universal Numbering Systems (DUNS) numbers for use as UFIs for food facility registration. DUNS numbers are managed by Dun & Bradstreet, and are free to register. In 2017 FDA approved DUNS numbers for food importers subject to Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), so your facility may already be registered. If not, check out FDA’s DUNS Guide to learn how to search and register for a DUNS number.
Bi-Annual Food Facility Registration Renewals
Between October 1 and December 31 this year, all FDA-registered facilities must renew their registrations. For more information about device and drug renewals, check out this blog: FDA Announces New and Updated Drug and Medical Device User Fees.
Food facilities are not charged a fee by FDA at renewal. However, FDA does require that any facility involved in the manufacturing, processing, packaging, or importing of a food register and renew their registrations every even-numbered year. We recommend you use renewal time as an opportunity to review your registration information and ensure it’s all up-to-date.
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