Corporate Training


Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)

PCQI stands for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. It is a designation awarded to individuals who have successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls. PCQIs are responsible for leading the creation, management, and monitoring of food safety plans that comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.

The FSMA regulations require all food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold human food for human consumption to implement a food safety plan. The food safety plan must include a hazard analysis and risk- based preventive controls (HARPC) plan. The HARPC plan is designed to identify and reduce or eliminate food safety hazards.

PCQIs must have a thorough understanding of the FSMA regulations, as well as the principles of hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls. They must also be able to apply this knowledge to the specific needs of their food facility.

The training for PCQI certification is typically provided by third-party organizations that are recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The training typically covers the following topics:

  • FSMA regulations
  • Hazard analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Preventive controls
  • Validation and verification
  • Recordkeeping

PCQI certification is a valuable asset for anyone working in the food industry. It demonstrates that the individual has the knowledge and skills necessary to help ensure the safety of food products.

In India, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has also recognized the PCQI designation. FSSAI-approved PCQI training courses are available from a variety of organizations.

The following are some of the benefits of becoming a PCQI:

  • Increased job opportunities and advancement potential
  • Improved food safety knowledge and skills
  • Increased credibility with customers and regulators