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November 15, 2018

WG to Host FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Course

Western Growers will be hosting a Train-the-Trainer FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) course on April 9 – 11, 2019. This course combines the FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs participant course with the FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Lead Instructor course. This combination course is coordinated by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA).



1.     Participants must be an approved Lead Instructor candidate

2.     Participants must be present for the entire course, please plan travel accordingly

FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Course:

This course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation is one of a number of regulations issued as result of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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) rule, 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:

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.


  1. Successful completion of FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) course
  2. Must be an approved FSVP Lead Instructor candidate


FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Combination Course

Date: Tuesday, April 9 – Thursday, April 11, 2019

·        8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Days 1 & 2)

·        8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Day 3)

Location: Western Growers (15525 Sand Canyon Irvine, CA 92618)

Cost: $995 (includes all course materials and snacks)


  • Kathy Gombas, Food Safety Expert
  • Brian Ravitch, FDA

To Register:

  1. Visit the FSPCA website at to view the list of available FSVP Lead Instructor courses
  2. Click on the date for the course you are interested in. This will take you to the course registration site.
  3. Log into course registration site ( with your username and password
  4. Pay for session selected with credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover)
  5. After session selection and payment you will receive an enrollment confirmation email (check spam folder)

If you need help registering, technical assistance creating an account or logging in or have forgotten your username or password, please contact the LMS Administrator at [email protected] or by calling (269) 488-3258.