The FDA released a revised manual earlier this month outlining how to abide by the obligation of the FDA to have a Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) accepted as appropriate by the FDA when requesting registration or renewal of a food facility. The guideline also offers information about what to do should a facility be unable to receive a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number promptly before the end of the biennial renewal period, which is the end of the month.
As a note, the UFI of a facility must be sent with the registration details starting October 1, 2020. To ensure that the facility-specific address associated with the UFI is the same as that of the one associated with the registration of the facility, the UFI will be used. The FDA continues to accept the DUNS number as an appropriate UFI.
The FDA proposes to let registrants who expect to be momentarily unable to supply their registration or renewal with a DUNS number to put “PENDING” in the UFI registration area. This provisional entry would allow registrations and renewals submission to continue even though a DUNS number has yet to be issued by the registrant. Upon application, the registrant has 90 calendar days to change its DUNS number for registration. If a register with a current DUNS number is not changed within that period, the registration will be canceled.
To view the updated guidance, please visit https://www.fda.gov/media/143997/download.
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