Join us to learn the requirements of the FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule and its implications for US food importers and foreign suppliers.


March 21, 2017


January 1, 0001

Presented by SGS and the Association of Food Industries (AFI), this webinar explains the requirements of the FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule and its implications on US food importers and foreign suppliers.

The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to inform the audience on the FSVP requirements, how US importers should address them to be compliant, and how foreign suppliers can help their US importers comply with FSVP.


  • What is the FSVP rule, and how does it impact US importers?
  • Risk assessment requirements
  • Foreign supplier preparedness
  • Q&A


The US FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) shifts the focus from a reactive approach to a preventive approach to foodborne illness outbreaks, and is based on seven foundational rules for compliance. One of these rules is called Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). The rule applies to US food importers, with specific compliance timelines attached. The FSVP rule requires importers to share responsibility for ensuring safety of imported food. It is risk-based according to types of hazards, importers, and suppliers. The rule also provides flexibility with regards to supplier verification activities conducted by other entities and food authorities in countries with comparable or equivalent safety systems.


Hank Karayan – SGS Global FSMA Program Director

Hank Karayan is Director of Global FSMA Program at SGS. He joined SGS in 2011 as International Solutions Manager. Hank started his career as a quality and food safety consultant and trainer. Prior to joining SGS, Hank had held various managerial positions in international consulting, training, innovation and compliance. He’s also an SGS Food ambassador with global expertise and has led many regional and global initiatives, including food safety and compliance programs. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology and an MBA, Hank brings together a wealth of international and local experience both technical and managerial.

Bob Bauer – President of Association of Food Industries

Bob Bauer is the president of the Association of Food Industries, headquartered in Neptune, N.J. AFI is an international trade association which fosters international trade in food products. The association has approximately 1,000 member companies throughout the world. In addition to companies belonging solely to AFI, the Association of Food Industries includes the North American Olive Oil Association and the National Honey Packers and Dealers Association, organizations that act as stand-alone groups as well as sections of AFI. Mr. Bauer has served as president of AFI since January 2002. Prior to that, he served as vice president of the organization for nearly six years. In 2005 he was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for trade in Processed Foods. He was reappointed to that committee in 2008 and again in 2011 and 2015.

Before joining AFI, Mr. Bauer was a newspaper journalist. From newspapers, he moved to trade publications in the transportation field and then to the food industry. For the two years prior to joining AFI, he worked as the editor of the grocery section of Supermarket News, the leading trade publication in the supermarket field. Mr. Bauer attended Temple University for two years and then completed his college education and received his bachelor’s degree from Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University.

Target Audience

The webinar is aimed at US importers covered by the FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and foreign suppliers looking to get a good understanding or an update on the rule; as well as professionals and others who wish to be educated on the topic.


2:00 pm New York (Eastern Standard Time, GMT-05:00)
1:00 pm Chicago (Central Standard Time, GMT-06:00)
12:00 pm Denver (Mountain Standard Time, GMT-07:00)
11:00 am San Francisco (Pacific Standard Time, GMT-08:00)

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For further information please contact:

Jennifer Buckley
Global Marketing Manager
t: +1 973 461 1498