SILVER SPRING, MD. —The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to resume all domestic inspections of all commodities. The FDA made the decision due to the decline in COVID-19 cases throughout the US.
The FDA will continue its foreign and domestic mission-critical inspections, and plans for additional foreign inspections beginning in April 2022. It also plans to continue its remote supplier verification program for both human and animal foods. To maintain safety, the FDA will be providing protection to its inspectors.
The agency originally paused inspections on Dec. 29, 2021, in response to the rapid-spreading Omicron variant.
In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the agency postponed all routine surveillance facility inspections — both domestic and foreign — opting to conduct only mission-critical inspections to keep its employees and plant workers safe.
In May 2021, the FDA shared its “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight” plan, which detailed the mission-critical inspections it conducted in 2020 and its plans and priorities moving forward.