PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual)
The Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (often referred to as FSMA) is a law enacted to ensure safe preparation of food products for human consumption in the US in order to prevent food borne illnesses. The regulation requires that certain activities be performed by a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls.
A Preventive controls qualified individual “means 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.” This is the definition is from Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation § 117.3 and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulation § 507.3.
Under the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule, the responsibilities of a “preventive controls qualified individual” include to oversee or perform
- preparation of the Food Safety Plan,
- validation of the preventive controls,
- records review,
- reanalysis of the Food Safety Plan, and other activities as appropriate to the food.
Consulting services regarding Labeling of products are provided in accordance with European legislation, as well as labels for products to be exported to countries such as the USA, Canada, Russia, etc.