Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)

FSVP Curriculum and Training

FSPCA has completed the process of piloting the new Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) course and is now accepting applications for FSVP Lead Instructors and planning FSVP courses.

FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Courses

FSPCA FSVP Bookstore

FSPCA FSVP Course Participant Manual_v1.0

Course Descriptions

FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Course

Description:  This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations and guidance that implement the provisions of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which focuses on safe food practices. This course is designed for:

  1. U.S.‐based importers who meet the definition of “importer” in the FSVP rule, which includes those who own or are the consignee of food at the time of entry, or, if no owner or consignee exists, the U.S. agent or representative of the foreign owner.
  2. Others who have an interest in ensuring that the requirements of the FSVP rule are met, including brokers, exporters, foreign suppliers of food that will be exported to the U.S., persons/business owners who currently buy food from foreign sources, and representatives of foreign governments. 

The FSVP curriculum was designed by regulatory, academia, and industry professionals and developed with funding from FDA as part of the FSPCA. In contrast to the Preventive Controls (PC) rules, the FSVP rule does not require you to attend a training program following a “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Attending this course, however, will help you understand the FSVP requirements and how those requirements can be met in your particular circumstance.

FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Lead Instructor Course

Description:  This course provides the Lead Instructor candidate the knowledge and tools needed to perform the duties of a Lead Instructor for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs course.

The course content is focused on strategies to aid in the effective instruction of the activities and documentation that support the creation and implementation of Foreign Supplier Verification Programs. Administrative tasks for issuing Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance certificates are also covered as well as a refresher on effective presentation for the adult learner.

Completing this instructor training allows you to deliver the FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs course as a Lead Instructor.

FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Combination Course
(Participant course plus Lead Instructor course)

Description:  This course combines the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Lead Instructor course and the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs participant course. Detailed course descriptions above.

FSVP Lead Instructor Application

Current Lead Instructors or approved Lead Instructor Candidates
As a current Lead instructor or approved candidate for FSPCA’s Human or Animal Food courses, you already meet the criteria to qualify as a candidate to become an FSVP Lead Instructor.  Therefore, there are two simple steps you can take:

  1. Update your profile in the FSPCA Community indicating your interest (see instructions below), and,
  2. Complete an FSVP Lead Instructor course

After completion of these two steps, you will be an FSVP Lead Instructor and can register your courses using the normal FSPCA registration procedures.  For a few months at the beginning of the FSVP rollout, FSPCA will be offering combined courses (a Lead Instructor course coupled with a participant course) since a prerequisite of the Lead Instructor course will be a participant course.   

To register your courses after you complete the FSVP Lead instructor course, log in to your Community account, select the Course Registration tab, and click on “New” to open the registration form.

To update your profile:

  1. Log into your FSPCA Community account at:      
  2. Click on your name to the right of the Search bar and a menu will open
  3. Select “My Profile” on the menu
  4. Click the edit button to the right of your name
  5. Scroll down and check the box “Consider for FSVP LI
  6. Scroll down and Save

New Lead Instructor Applicants 

For those who are not existing Lead Instructors, a complete FSVP application will be required and can be found here:

A review committee will determine candidate status of applicants and an email to each applicant will indicate approval or non-approval.  Successful candidates will be notified by email when they can register for an instructor course.

FSVP Lead Instructor Criteria

Download the FSPCA FSVP LI Criteria PDF

FSVP Lead Instructor Course Schedule

  1. Course registration is not accessible from this website. Approved FSVP Lead Instructor candidates will receive registration information via email when courses open for registration
  2. Course dates and locations are subject to change



Course Type

February 26 – 27

Houston, TX


April 11 – 13

Dallas, TX


May 23 – 25

Anaheim, CA


May 30 – June 1

West Palm Beach, Florida


June 6 – 8

Bedford Park, IL


July 25 – 27

Deerfield Beach, FL


FSVP Meeting Summaries

Summaries of the biweekly meetings held with the Illinois Institute of Technology/Institute for Food Safety and Health/Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), FDA, and those responsible for development of the FSVP training program.