Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) – Lessons Learned from FSVP Inspections

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) – Lessons Learned from FSVP Inspections

Posted by: Amanda Moren


December 14th, 2017


Event Title

Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) – Lessons Learned from FSVP Inspections 


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Speaker Information:

Hilary S. Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS:

In her role as the Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & senior vice president of food safety programs for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Dr. Thesmar provides leadership for all safety programs for FMI’s retail and wholesale members and provides support for members on food safety training programs, FSMA training, recall plans and management, crisis management, research, and overall safety and sanitation programs.   She also works with the FMI Foundation on food safety education and research projects. 


Dr. Thesmar has a Ph.D. in Food Technology from Clemson University, a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Clemson, and she is a Registered Dietitian.  She has over a decade of experience in scientific and regulatory affairs with food trade associations. 


Dr. Thesmar is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Dr. Thesmar currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Food Safety Education.  


Sharon Lindan Mayl:

Sharon Mayl has been at FDA for more than 20 years and is currently on detail as the Acting Interim Associate Director for FSMA Operations at CFSAN.  When she is not on detail, she serves as the Senior Advisor for Policy to the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.  In the Senior Advisor position, she oversees and manages significant policy initiatives for the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.  Ms. Mayl is the co-lead for the team that is developing the FSMA import rules and guidance documents, including those related to the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Voluntary Qualified Import Program, and Accredited Third-Party Certification Program.   She is also the co-lead for the FSMA import operational team that will prepare the Agency for its transition from policy setting to compliance in the next phase of FSMA implementation.  Ms. Mayl is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School.  


Brian Ravitch: 

Brian Ravitch has worked for the Office of Regulatory Affairs for 23 years.  During this time he has worked a variety of positions in areas of domestic and import field operations.  He presently works as a Food Program Expert in ORA’s Domestic Human and Animal Operations Branch.  Brian has been working on the design, development, and implementation of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program since Food Safety Modernization Act was passed in 2011.


John Verbeten:

John Verbeten is the Director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations. His team provides leadership, instruction, and support for all aspects of FDA’s import operations, including investigation and enforcement activities, interagency collaboration, IT systems development, and management of FDA’s Import Alert program.


Throughout his 27 years with the FDA, John has specialized in import operations.  He spent his first 14 years in FDA field offices in Dallas District and Chicago District, primarily as an import investigator, and was named FDA’s Import Inspector of the year in 2000. John has been a member of the national instructor cadre responsible for training employees on import law and FDA import procedures since 2001.


As a staff member and manager in the Division of Import Operations since 2004, John has been integral to issuance and maintenance of instruction to the field including Regulatory Procedures and Investigations Operations; development of import procedures for FDA field offices and headquarters; development of new regulatory/statutory programs, and training of FDA staff on all aspects of FDA’s import operations. He has been heavily involved in issues related to imported pharmaceuticals, International Mail Facilities, and in issues specifically dealing with US Customs and Border Protection laws, regulations, and procedures.


John became Director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations in January 2017.