You may be required to enter into a Food Import Compliance Agreement (FICA) if you are a food importer. Food importers can enter into a FICA with the relevant department in connection with the food that you intend to import into Australia.
Many food importers already have a documented food management system for sourcing and importing food. Under a FICA these systems may be recognised, offering an alternative to the routine inspection and testing of food products under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).
Food products imported under a FICA will not be subject to potential delay and costs associated with inspection and testing under the IFIS. Instead, your food management system will be regularly audited. All goods imported into Australia, including food imported under a FICA, are still subject to Australian quarantine requirements.