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HHS/FDA RIN: 0910-AC40 Publication ID: Spring 2005 
Title: Registration of Food and Animal Feed Facilities 
Abstract: This final rule confirms the interim final rule that FDA issued on October 10, 2003 (68 FR 58894). The interim final rule implements section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), which was added by section 305 of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act). The Bioterrorism Act directs the Secretary to require facilities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding of food for consumption in the United States to be registered with the Secretary. Section 415 directs the Secretary to promulgate final regulations implementing the requirements by December 12, 2003. The owner, operator, or agent in charge of the facility must submit the registration. Foreign facilities must include the name of the United States agent for the facility. The registration must include the name and address of each facility at which, and all trade names under which, the registrant conducts business. If the Secretary determines it is necessary through guidance, the registration must include the general food category (as identified under 21 CFR 170.3) of foods manufactured, processed, packed, or held at the facility. The registrant is required to notify the Secretary of changes to the information contained in the registration in a timely manner. Under the interim final rule, upon receipt of the completed registration form, FDA will notify the registrant of receipt of the registration and assign a unique registration number to the facility. Section 415 requires the Secretary to compile and maintain an up-to-date list of registered facilities. This list and any registration documents submitted to the Secretary are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. For purposes of section 415, "facility" includes any factory, warehouse, or establishment engaged in the manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding of food. Exempt from the registration requirement are farms, restaurants, other retail food establishments, nonprofit food establishments in which food is prepared for or served directly to the consumer, and fishing vessels (except those engaged in processing as defined in 21 CFR 123.3(k)). Foreign facilities required to register include only those from which food is exported to the United States without further processing or packaging outside the United States. The Bioterrorism Act provides that if food from an unregistered foreign facility is offered for import into the United States, the food will be held at the port of entry or at a secure facility, until the foreign facility has registered. 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 21 CFR 1    21 CFR 20   
Legal Authority: PL 107-188, sec 305   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/12/2003 

Overall Description of Deadline: The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, section 305, directs the Secretary, through FDA, to issue a final regulation establishing registration requirements by December 12, 2003. The statute is self-implementing on this date if FDA does not issue a final regulation that is effective by December 12, 2003.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/03/2003  68 FR 5377   
Interim Final Rule  10/10/2003  68 FR 58894   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period Reopened  04/14/2004  69 FR 19766   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period Reopened End  05/14/2004    
Final Rule  06/00/2005    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Catherine Copp
Policy Advisor to the Director, Office of Regulations and Policy
Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway,
College Park, MD 20740
Phone:301 436-1589
Fax:301 436-2637

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