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The Food and Drug Administration has recognized the Brea, Calif.-based International Accreditation Service as an accreditation body under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program.

“(International Accreditation Service) is being recognized because it meets the applicable FDA requirements, validated through application review and on-site assessment,” the FDA said on its website.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition from the FDA,” IAS president Raj Nathan said in a news release. “IAS is one of the leading accreditation bodies in the world, and we look forward to offering this new accreditation service to the food industry globally.”  

FDA’s recognition allows IAS to accredit certification bodies worldwide that audit human and animal food facilities.
The FDA said those certification bodies, once accredited, can conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities (including farms) and the foods that they produce.

Those certifications can be used by importers to establish eligibility for participation in the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, according to the FDA. In certain circumstances, FDA can require that imported products be certified before entering the U.S., according to the agency.