90 more days to submit comments for FDA laboratory accreditation programme
The Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods proposed rule comment period was previously extended until 6 April 2020, but due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, will now close 6 July 2020.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the FDA is extending the comment period for the Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods proposed rule by an additional 90 days, with the new deadline now 6 July 2020.
This is a proposed program for the testing of food by accredited labs as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The laboratory accreditation program, once established, will require that the testing of food in certain circumstances be conducted by laboratories that voluntarily become accredited under this program.
Laboratories that become accredited under this program will be required to follow model standards and will be subject to appropriate oversight.
The FDA has stated that such a programme would help the agency ensure the safety of the US food supplu and protect consumers by helping ensure appropriate oversight of specific food testing is carried out in accordance with model standards. The FDA believes this will help produce consistently reliable and valid test results.
More information on the programme can be ascertained here.