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While the FDA seeks to ensure food and medical device safety and quality, The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) safeguards the FDA’s ability to provide quality imports and exports throughout North America. NAFTA started in January of 1994, and is the agreement in place between Canada, the United States, and Mexico aimed to increase the scope of free flow of trade and investments between the three countries. 

NAFTA does not affect FDA laws or regulations when it comes to safety and proper labeling. If a product is imported into the United States, it still must follow FDA requirements. NAFTA does not change FDA standards for pesticide use of pesticides combined with other chemicals and their residue or contaminants in produce. NAFTA simply enables the FDA to ensure food and device safety. 

In addition, a technical working group (TWG) for pesticides serves as the focal point for issues with pesticides between the three countries. They want to ensure all countries involved are assured of the legality and safety of food production.

The FDA also governs medical devices, and thus importing and exporting is regulated by NAFTA. Importers, manufacturers, and specification developers (owners of the intellectual property) must register with the FDA.

It is extremely important that you comply with all FDA regulations in the product, labeling, importing, and exporting processes of food and all medical devices. Your facilities need to be registered appropriately with FDA Food Registration to operate successfully. For any questions regarding FDA registration or FDA Device Registration, please visit us online. We work with domestic and international clients across a broad spectrum of industries to ensure their compliance with FDA regulations. 

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