The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) rule relies heavily upon tasks performed by a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI). What is the purpose of a PCQI? Who are these individuals? Why are they so important? And how does an individual begin this journey?
TraceGains examines all of these questions and provides much-needed guidance on how to become PCQI Certified.
The FDA’s primary concern is that food facilities have one or more certified individuals on staff who hold the technical knowledge to make their food products and understand the processes to identify, evaluate, and control any associated risk.
A PCQI is critical to a company’s overall food safety program. The FDA typically wants to hear from the PCQI if the agency ever has questions about the adequacy of its safety program or products. Suppose a consumer ever claims harm because of a company’s products. In that case, the PCQI will play a critical role in representing the organization, resolving the claim, and, if necessary, defending the company in a civil lawsuit.
In this on-demand webinar, Nancy Scharlach, President and Chief Technical Director of Soterian Systems, shares what she knows about the roles of a PCQI team and what businesses must do to ensure a successful food safety plan.