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Prior Notice of Imported Foods

Prior Notice Instructions

Getting Started

Overview and Background Basic Information You Need to Know


Step by Step Web System Instructions PNSI Tutorials Product Code Builder Tutorial Find, Copy and Cancel Web Entries and Prior Notices Time Saving Tips from the FDA Prior Notice Center for PNSI New Features in PNSI HTS Codes

International Mail and Gifts

Step by Step Web System Instructions for Articles sent by International Mail Sending Food Through International Mail Importing Gift Packs and Prior Notice Sending Food Gifts Through International Mail (Excerpts) Sending Gifts to Your Friends and Family: Prior Notice Policy


Help Index Help Desk
Technical, Computer And Registration Questions
Prior Notice Center
Policy, Procedures and Interpretation Questions

Prior Notice System Interface

System Status Help Desk
OMB Approval Number: 0910-0520
OMB Expiration Date: 05/31/2010
See OMB Burden Statement

Is your computer secure? Before using FDA Industry Systems (FIS), FDA strongly encourages all users to have current antivirus and antispyware software installed on their computers to help ensure the privacy of the information being entered.

• November 7, 2008: Final Rule
• October 2008: Compliance Policy Guide

How to Submit a Prior Notice through FDA's Prior Notice System Interface (PNSI)

  1. Collect the required information (See PN Fact Sheet).
  2. Verify that your computer system meets the minimum system requirements.
  3. Create an Account and Password for the online FDA Industry Systems.
  4. Login and Submit a Prior Notice.

Please note:

  • The PNSI System will automatically time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. If a submission is only partially completed and has not been saved, the information will be lost. The user will then need to log back into their account and begin again.
  • DO NOT USE THE BACK ARROW when creating a prior notice as it will disconnect the user from the website. Navigate through the site by using only the prompts, buttons, or links provided.
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