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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course

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The new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, which begins implementation this September, is intended to help ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI) who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.

This 2.5 day course utilizes the standardized curriculum developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), which is the only curriculum currently recognized by FDA and it is conducted by FSPCA Lead Instructors.  Dairy food examples will be incorporated to provide added value to participants from the dairy industry, distinguishing this from other courses available.

Attendees will be taught how to develop, implement and manage their facility’s food safety plan in compliance with the FDA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food regulations (21 C.F.R. 117).

Upon successful completion, each attendee will become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn the following:

The requirements of the preventive controls regulation

  1. How prerequisite programs and the updated cGMP regulations relate to a food safety plan
  2. How to identify hazards requiring preventive controls, then determine and implement the appropriate preventive controls necessary to control those hazards
  3. How to monitor preventive controls and apply effective corrective actions to root causes to provide assurances that the controls work properly
  4. How verification and validation of preventive controls should be included in a food safety plan
  5. Which records must be maintained and included as part of a food safety plan

IDFA is partnering with Mérieux NutriSciences to deliver this training. Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to protecting consumers’ health throughout the world by delivering a wide range of testing and consulting services to the food and nutrition, agrochemicals, pharma and cosmetics industries.

Who Should Attend

Food safety and quality professionals at facilities or corporate locations who are responsible for or involved in the development of food safety plans.


June 14 - 16, 2016


Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University  
2555 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 321-1300