Preventive Controls Qualified Individual

Each food processing facility will need a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI) to oversee or conduct preparation of the food safety plan, validation of the preventive controls, review of records, and reanalysis of the food safety plan.

To become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, an interested person 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 by FDA (requirements of 21CFR117.180. ) or be otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system. Job experience qualifies only if a person’s knowledge is at least equivalent to FDA-recognized training.

View the full federal rule here. 

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