The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) on June 30 released an updated list of draft and final guidance topics that are a priority for the FDA Foods Program to complete during 2022. FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) previously published a list of priority guidances under development for 2022 in January.
FDA guidances are documents that explain the agency’s interpretation of, or policy on, a regulatory issue and represent FDA’s current thinking on a topic at the time of issuance. FDA prepares guidances primarily for industry and uses them to address such matters as the design, manufacturing, and testing of regulated products; scientific issues; content and evaluation of applications for product approvals; and inspection and enforcement policies. Guidances are not legally binding, but instead generally show stakeholders one way to comply with regulatory requirements.
Included among the topics slated to be addressed by CFSAN and CVM by guidance during the remainder of 2022 are:
• Questions and Answers Regarding Food Allergens, Including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Edition 5); Draft Guidance for Industry
• Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals; Guidance for Industry
• Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food; Appendix 1: Potential Hazards for Foods and Processes; Draft Guidance for Industry
• Best Practices for Convening a GRAS Panel; Guidance for Industry
• GFI #245 – Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals
• GFI #246 – Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control for Food for Animals: Supply-Chain Program
• Draft GFI #120 – Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers (Revision)
• Draft GFI #___ – Diversion or Reconditioning of Damaged, Contaminated, or Adulterated Food for Use as Animal Food
FDA’s website contains complete lists of guidance documents for human food and animal food.