What is a PCQI?
A Preventive controls qualified individual “means a qualified individual who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.” Read about the responsibilities and requirements of a PCQI
Who needs the PCQI course?
While the list of FSMA’s new requirements is dense and varies greatly for some types of facility, one key change that applies to nearly all food companies is the introduction of a preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI). Not only does FSMA require facilities to have a food safety plan implemented by the deadline date of September 16, but the plan must be prepared and applied by a properly trained PCQI. Learn more about who needs the course
FSMA and FSSC 22000
Many companies around the world have been motivated to implement a GFSI Certification Scheme as part of their preparation for FSMA. A common question is whether an FSSC 22000 certified company meets the FSMA requirements.
An initial comparison between FSMA and FSSC 22000 has been completed by the Acheson Group. FSSC 22000 provides a summary of the report as well as a FREE DOWNLOADABLE PDF: Comparison of FSSC 22000 against the Preventive Controls for Human Food (Final Rule) containing the complete report
Preventive Controls for Human Food Training Course
This course, developed by FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI. Your training certificate will be issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).