This course has a curriculum as developed by FSPCA (Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance) in conjunction with the FDA which meets the requirement to become a PCQI individual. Group panels & discussions will be utilized through virtual breakout rooms which will reinforce knowledge transfer and allow students to share experiences.
This course has a curriculum as developed by FSPCA (Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance) in conjunction with the FDA which meets the requirement to become a PCQI individual. It is an online, face-to-face instructor-led course with a duration of 2.5 days. Provision has been made to allow group work & discussions through the use of virtual breakout rooms. These activities will reinforce knowledge transfer and allow students to share experiences. Participant attendance and engagement will be monitored during the course. Certification at the completion of the courses requires that participants be present for all FSPCA modules. Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion accredited by FSPCA and AFDO.
Under the current FDA preventive controls for human food rule domestic and foreign facilities producing human food must develop and implement a food safety plan based on conducting a hazard analysis and identifying appropriate risk-based preventive controls. The written food safety plan must be prepared, or its preparation overseen, by one or more PCQIs (preventive controls qualified individuals). The rule (current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation § 117.3) defines the PCQI as: “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.”
To become a PCQI an individual must successfully complete 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 have acquired equivalent knowledge through job experience).
This course is for the person(s) at a food facility who will be responsible for developing, implementing and modifying the facility’s food safety plan in the role of being a PCQI, or for anyone else at the facility who wishes to know more about the preventive controls for human food final rule and the elements that a Food Safety Plan must have.
Individuals who believe that they are qualified to be a PCQI based on work experience, or who have other food safety certifications (e.g. HACCP, SQF, etc.), may still consider taking this course to ensure that their knowledge is equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA, and to demonstrate equivalency by receiving a training certificate.
Individuals who may wish to take this course include:
No specific prerequisites are required; however, prior knowledge of GMPs and HACCP, or experience with food safety systems, is recommended. Students will need a computer with an internet connection and a telephone connection.
To Register for this Course, please visit our training portal.
Vice President, Technical & Regulatory Services
Dr. Peyman Fatemi joined IEH as the Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Services in 2019. He received his PhD in Food Science and Microbiology from Penn State University, and his MS in Food Science and BS in Microbiology form The University of Georgia. Dr. Fatemi has helped develop food safety programs and held leading roles within multiple food categories. Prior to joining IEH, he was the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at The Acheson Group. Prior to that, at Unilever Foods NA he supported food safety programs for multiple product categories such as Peanut Butter, beverages, sauces, snack bars, frozen and refrigerated foods. At Smithfield Foods he served as the head of the corporate laboratory group; and at Earthbound Farms as the director of food safety. He has been an invited speaker within a number of national and international groups such as the FDA, USDA/FSIS, IFT, IAFP and multiple Industry Groups.
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