The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 required that all beer distributors complete a one-time registration with the FDA as a facility that handles food, which by definition includes beer.  In 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which updated many food facility safety requirements. Included in this law are modifications to the registration requirements for beer distributors. The one-time registration has been changed to a biennial registration.

Beer distributors are now required to register each of their facilities with the FDA between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year. Although a facility may have already been registered, beer distributors are still required by law to re-register every two years during the normal three-month window. 

While many other facilities now face additional fees and red tape, NBWA worked to ensure that even more stringent regulations were not placed on beer distributors. As a result of the existing three-tier system for alcohol regulation, NBWA was able to successfully exempt beer distributors from duplicative and costly regulations.

NBWA will communicate with distributor members as the registration period for 2014 approaches.

For more information, please contact NBWA’s Federal Affairs Department at (800) 300-6417.