SafetyChain Software FSMA Fridays June 26 Session Recording on Supply Chain Risk Controls and Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) Now Available

New Session Topics Now Posted for SafetyChain’s popular FSMA Fridays series with Dr. David Acheson and The Acheson Group

SafetyChain Software, leaders in Food Safety Chain Management Systems that Automate, Streamline & Improve Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA)™, is pleased to announce topics for its FSMA Fridays sessions through December, 2015. In addition, the recording is now available from the FSMA Fridays June session, “Supply Chain Risk Controls and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program.”

FSMA Fridays is an online, interactive forum that helps the food and beverage industry stay up-to-date on FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA); examines the impact FSMA rules will have on food safety and quality operations; and provides guidance on how to prepare for FSMA compliance. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of food and beverage companies will have to comply with FSMA.

The popular monthly series, which has attracted more than 2,000 ongoing registrants, features FSMA icon Dr. David Acheson and The Acheson Group’s food safety team, who address pre-submitted and live questions from the audience, on a schedule of FSMA related topics.

The June FSMA Fridays session began with a general update on FSMA, followed by discussion topics on Supply Chain Risk Controls and Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) including:

  • Basic principles of the VQIP
  • Where VQIP comes into FSMA’s supply chain risk controls
  • How to apply for the VQIP
  • The impact of new FSMA changes on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program
  • The impact VQIP will have on companies – even though the FDA is not stopping a company’s imports
  • How to best approach supply chain risk controls for FSMA compliance and brand protection

A full recording of the June 2015 “Supply Chain Risk Controls and the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program” FSMA Fridays session can be accessed here.

2015 FSMA Friday Topics Announced Through December 2015

With FSMA final rule deadlines quickly approaching, SafetyChain and The Acheson Group are excited to continue FSMA Fridays in 2015 focusing on the impact of the expected announcement of final rules and what companies should be doing now. These topics, slated through December 2015, are based on the anticipation of final rule release:

  • July 31: Two Months to Go – What Best-in-Class Companies are Doing NOW to Get Ready for FSMA
  • August 28: Building a FSMA-Ready Food Safety Plan
  • September 25: Preventive Controls for Human & Animal Food
  • October 30: Produce Rule
  • November 20: Foreign Supplier Verification Program
  • December 18: What to Expect for FSMA in 2016

How to Register

Registration for SafetyChain Software’s FSMA Fridays series is complimentary at: Once registered, participants receive archives to all past events and automatically receive notices of future topics.

About SafetyChain Software
SafetyChain Software is the leading vendor of Food Safety Chain Management Systems that Automate, Streamline & Improve FSQA at all points along a company’s supply chain – upstream, downstream and internally. SafetyChain for Food™ includes integrated modules for Supplier Compliance, Safety and Quality Management, Regulatory and GFSI Compliance, Food Safety Audit Readiness and Mobile FSQA applications for smart phones and tablets. SafetyChain for Food is an affordable, cloud-based solution with hard-dollar Return on Investment, and is used globally by leading companies across all food industry sectors.

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About The Acheson Group (TAG)
Global food supplies, changing consumer expectations and expanding regulations are creating more risk for food companies. The Acheson Group’s mission is to work with food companies, and those that provide technology to food companies, to help manage this changing risk outlook. TAG is able to offer quality, strategic consulting due to the diverse nature, training and experience of its team. TAG seeks to be valued advisors to its clients by building a very close relationship that brings together an environment of good communication through a significant amount of direct client interaction.