Rockville, MD – September 17, 2010 – Turning Point Global Solutions, a software engineering and Information Technology (IT) professional services firm, today announced that it has been selected to provide technical guidance and development support for creating Health Level 7 (HL7) exchange messages for food ingredient applications submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Applications Regulatory Management (FARM) system. Managed by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FARM is an electronic information management system used for the receipt, processing, review, maintenance, and reporting of new food ingredient and color additive submissions to the FDA.


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“FARM is an important Health IT system for FDA that enables a more efficient and effective process for reviewing regulatory and compliance aspects of food safety,” said Bangalore Shivacharan, -CEO and Co-Founder at TurningPoint. “Ensuring that messages that are generated by FARM are available and updated on a regular basis is critical to communication to the user community.” TurningPoint specializes in full software development lifecycle and integration projects involving mission-critical, high-transaction applications such as FARM. We have the expertise required to make these system upgrades.”

CFSAN is responsible for administering safety and labeling regulations that apply to the nation’s food, dietary supplement, and cosmetics supplies. Under the terms of the agreement, TurningPoint will develop and maintain an Extensible Markup Language (XML) schema and overall business rules to support the validation of data used in the exchange of HL7 messages for food ingredient & color additive applications submitted to the FARM system.

“TurningPoint has proven experience in data modeling, XML schema practices, and governance best practices, as well as thorough domain knowledge of FDA missions and priorities,” said Mr. Shivacharan. “We have been supporting the FDA in various capacities since 2005. We are looking forward to continuing that relationship with this FARM upgrade initiative.”

About Turning Point Global Solutions

Headquartered in Rockville, MD, TurningPoint is a CMMI Maturity Level 3 independently appraised software engineering professional services firm that serves a diversified group of commercial and government customers, enabling them to generate value from their IT investments. TurningPoint achieves these results through the successful planning, development, integration, and maintenance of IT solutions and by driving operational efficiencies into infrastructure operations. TurningPoint's focus is on providing high availability business applications that improve bottom-line results by streamlining high-transaction-volume, mission-critical business processes. For more information, visit