DUNS Number Requirements for Food Facility Registration with FDA - FAQ

After the December 31st, 2022, biennial renewal period, FDA has stopped accepting any food facility registrations or renewals for facilities that do not have a valid DUNS number. DUNS number is now a mandatory requirement.

The DUNS Number (Data Universal Numbering System) is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D & B). The DUNS Number is site-specific. Therefore, each distinct physical location of an entity (such as branches, divisions, and headquarters) may be assigned a DUNS number.

According to 21 CFR 1.232 (a)(2), starting Oct 1st, all domestic and foreign food facilities will be required to provide a Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) when registering with FDA or renewing food facility registration with FDA. DUNS number is the only acceptable UFI recognized by FDA for now.

Yes, DUNS Number is compulsory. DUNS number has now become mandatory for FDA registration purposes. The FDA system no longer allows new registrations or renewals with a pending or Invalid DUNS.

No, the DUNS number is for facility verification. It is not a substitute for the FDA registration number.

DUNS number for FDA purposes is free of cost.

Please visit DUNS official website or contact the local DUNS office. If you need LMG assistance in obtaining DUNS number, our fee is USD 100/DUNS request. Please contact us for more info.

DUNS requests may take anywhere from 30-45 days.

LMG will help look up your DUNS number for free as part of our FDA registration service. Please contact us for more info.

FDA food facility registration is for the facility address where food or supplements are produced, packed, or stored. You need to obtain DUNS Number for your facility address registered with the FDA.

LMG fee has to be paid yearly once at the time of FDA certificate renewal. We take care of biennial renewal free of charge.