Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance CoursesThe FDA has partnered with the FSPCA (Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance) to develop and maintain a compliant program through instruction, models, and hands on exercises.
Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance
What are Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Courses?
Why are these courses important?
The Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (PCHF) 21 CFR 117 requires that each FDA registered facility utilize a PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) to oversee certain activities including the creation of a food safety Plan, validation of preventive controls, record review, and reanalysis.
The Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration regulation 21 CFR 121 (referred to as the IA rule) is aimed at preventing intentional adulteration from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health, including acts of terrorism targeting the food supply. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “food defense qualified individual” who has successfully completed training in the conduct of a vulnerability assessment.
Avert has partnered with the FSPCA to offer both formats of the Preventive Controls for Human Food course, commonly known as the “PCHF course”, as well as the IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments course, known as the “IAVA course”:
Avert’s lead instructors make the material engaging and use real-world examples to enhance understanding of the applicable rules. Courses are designed for food safety professionals responsible for a company’s food safety or food defense plans such as quality, sanitation, operations, logistics, maintenance, purchasing, and management roles. Upon successful completion of applicable courses, participants will earn a certificate of completion and therefore meet the requirements necessary to be recognized as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) or Food Defense Qualified Individual (FDQI).
It is strongly recommended that you use the Participant Manual while completing Part 1: Online. You can access a free .PDF version. Please be advised that the free .PDF version is 504 pages if you intend to print it yourself. You can order a hard copy for $30 from the FSPCA Bookstore.
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With a few exceptions, all food companies within the US must use a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for creation of food safety plans, validation of process preventive controls, review of records, and reanalysis of the food safety program and use a Food Defense Qualified Individual for certain food defense related activities including development and implementation of a food defense plan and conducting a vulnerability assessment.
Unless you use the services of an outside consultant, you’ll need individuals on staff that are qualified as PCQI and/or FDQI. You’ll save time and money by investing in these educational courses for your staff. Why pay an outside consultant when you can bring this knowledge in house so your team is positioned to adapt and modify your plans no matter what changes occur with your business. Improve your food safety program and stay compliant with the FDA by scheduling one of our FSPCA courses today! Call or email us for further information.