PCQI

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

The Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) is the most significant change to US Food Safety legislation in over 70 years.  The act was signed into law by President Obama in 2011.  FSMA is in response to numerous food poisoning incidents that have occurred in the US over the past ten years.  Figures released by the USDA estimate that each year over 48 million Americans become ill from food poisoning, resulting in 50,000 hospitalisations and over 3,000 deaths.

The FSMA concept is to move away from a reactive approach towards a preventive system.

With FSMA there are seven rules which are specific to different types of foods, elements of the supply chain and stakeholders.  With this level of complexity and change, the challenge for Irish indigenous and Irish based multinational food companies is to understand how these rules will affect their current Food Safety Management Systems.

Under CFR 117 each food manufacturer in the US must have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).  This individual must have successfully completed training in the development and application of risk base preventive controls using a standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.  Denis Kiely is a Qualified PCQI  (Cert a1e9e90b) and a Qualified Lead Instructor (Cert 31bf87e2) in Preventive Controls for Human Food.  Delegates who attend this 20 hour programme will become qualified PCQIs.

IMS will be offering Public PCQI Training via SQT Training Ltd., in early 2018…..

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