Accredited Third-Party Certification Program

About the Program

The Accredited Third-Party Certification Program is a voluntary program in which FDA recognizes “accreditation bodies” that will have the responsibility of accrediting “third-party certification bodies”. The certification bodies will conduct food safety audits and issue certifications of foreign food facilities. For additional information and guidance, see Accredited Third-Party Certification Program (TPP).

Figure displays the Third-Party Certification Program hierarchy: FDA recognizes accreditation bodies. Accreditation bodies, in turn, accredit third-party certification bodies. Certification bodies audit and certify foreign food facilities.

Tables below identify accreditation bodies that have been recognized and third-party certification bodies that have been accredited under the program.

Accreditation Bodies

Third-Party Certification Bodies