Bioterrorism Registration

Please note that this is an FDA requirement not a State of Alaska requirement. The information provided below is a summary of FDA's Registration Information. If there are any discrepancies, please defer to the FDA.

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New Registration Requirements

Why register? Changes made by the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act now require ALL seafood processing vessels and land based food manufacturers to renew their registration, including previously registered firms. All firms will be required to renew their registration every 2 years beginning October 1st and ending on December 31st of each even numbered year.

Who must register? Owners, operators, or agents in charge of facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States must register their facilities with FDA. Fishing vessels that otherwise engage in processing fish are also required to register.

What is considered processing? Processing means handling, storing, preparing, shucking, changing into different market forms, manufacturing, preserving, packing, labeling.

Who is exempt? The Bioterrorism Act exempts fishing vessels, including those that not only harvest and transport fish, but also engage in practices such as heading and eviscerating solely to preserve freshness.

I already registered, do I have to reregister? Yes. Even firms that have previously registered will be required to renew their registration.

How often will we be required to register? All firms will be required to renew their registration every 2 years beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year.

Where can I find additional information? You can find more information on FDA's Food Registration web page.

Where do I go to register? You can register at FDA's Bioterrorism Registration page.