The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has accredited BSI Group ANZ Pty Ltd. in accordance with the international standard ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessmentRequirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services,and pertinent certification scheme requirements and regulations under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
The FSMA empowers the FDA to take proactive steps to prevent the sale, distribution, and consumption of tainted food products by recognizing accreditation bodies such as ANAB to assess the competence of food safety product certification bodies according to ISO/IEC 17065 and FDA regulations. The goal is to create a food safety system that supports the prevention of contaminationrather than reacting to contagions that have already occurred.
Group ANZ Pty Ltd. is accredited to conduct food safety certification for the following programs:
1) 21 CFR Chapter 1, Subchapter A Part 1, Subpart M - Third-Party Accreditation (TPA) Final Rule; and
2) Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals.
"We're pleased to announce BSI Group ANZ Pty Ltd.'s accreditation under the FDA's accredited third-party certification program," said Lane Hallenbeck, executive director of ANAB. "Accreditation is a critical component of the conformity assessment activities that help ensure food safety practices meet essential requirements across borders and throughout the supply chain."
Through its product certification accreditation program, ANAB currently accredits 35 certification bodies that operate under a number of certification schemes dedicated to assure food safety, in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065.
The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the largest multi-disciplinary ISO/IEC 17011 accreditation body in North America, with comprehensive signatory status across the multilateral recognition arrangements of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The ANAB accreditation portfolio includes management systems certification bodies, calibration and testing labs, product certification bodies, personnel credentialing organizations, forensic test and calibration service providers, inspection bodies, police crime units, greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers.
ANAB is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system and strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally.
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