Training Course PCQI

Training Course Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Human Food

Target Group
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Food Safety Managers
  • Food Safety Auditors
  • Food Safety Consultants
  • Production Heads
  • Export/Import managers
  • Regulatory Personnel


The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) affects all food-exporting companies in the United States.

According to legislation, all US food business operators, similar to those operating in the US, must have at least one approved PCQI (Preventive Control Qualified Individual), whose primary responsibility is to develop - modulate - upgrade the Food Safety Plan and will oversee the implementation of the plan.

Course Duration: 2.5 days

The FSMA rule on good manufacturing practice, risk analysis and risk based precautionary measures for human food (referred to as preventive controls for food intended for human consumption) aims at ensuring safe manufacturing / processing, packaging and preserving of foodstuffs for human consumption.

This course, developed by FSPCA, is the ‘’standardized curriculum’’ recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a ‘’preventive controls qualified individual’’. This course is taught by a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course.


  • Good command of English Language is necessary
  • This is not a Food Law Training Course or a USA export Training Course
  • Any absence during the training course will lead in non-successful completion of the course
  • Previous knowledge of Food Safety management systems and/or Food Technology is not a pre-requisite but is highly recommended.

Participants will obtain the PCQI certificate issued by the competent American authorities (FSPCA).

To inquire about the cost of the courses contact us. BQC adjusts its pricing policy for the unemployed and for students. Every second participation from the same company will have a 10% discount.

BQC's Training courses can be subsidized by the Manpower Employment Organization (OAED). OAED offers companies the ability to train their staff, taking advantage of the 0.24% employer contributions. More information can be found at the OAED website.

The submission of an application for inclusion in the LAEK 0.24% program can be made no later than 10 working days before the start of the training program.

  • Food regulation overview
  • Food safety plan overview
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and other PRPs
  • Biological Food Safety Hazards
  • Chemical, Physical and Economically Motivated Hazards
  • Preliminary Steps in Developing a Food Safety Plan
  • Process Preventive Controls
  • Allergen Preventive Controls
  • Sanitation Preventive Controls
  • Supplier Preventive Controls
  • Recall Plan
  • Verification and Validation Procedures
  • Record-keeping Procedures
  • Regulation Overview
  • Resources for Preparing Food Safety Plans
  • Food Safety Plan Examples and Exercises

Teaching methods used include lectures, practical training and group collaboration.

In this context, the participants are invited to carry out group and individual exercises and tasks, as well as Role playing exercises, aimed at developing their skills (time management, team spirit, cooperation).

At the end, an evaluation test and a satisfaction questionnaire are distributed to the participants in order to evaluate the results of their training and the achievement of its objectives.

Title of Educational Program Way of Conduct Cost Date Language
Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Human Food Webinar On-Line €580 & $60* *cost of publication certificate 17-19/05/2023 English
Why Choose BQC

For the implementation of the training courses distinguished speakers are selected, with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Management Systems and Standards.

BQC has created a wide network of experts and trainers around the world, who provide a high level of knowledge and experience in the training sector.

The training courses offered by BQC are internationally recognized and certified by the Accredited Personnel Certification body STAREGISTER, member of IPC.Upon successful completion of written examinations, the participants receive a certificate certified by STAREGISTER.