PCQI Compliance: Why You Need More Than Just One PCQI on Your Team

As a large food processor, you are already required by the Food Safety Modernization Act to have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual prepare your Food Safety Plan. However, if you are a small food processor, you may have until September of 2018 to comply with FSMA Regulations. Regardless of the size of your organization, if you do not have a PCQI prepared Food Safety Plan, you are at risk of being shut down.

How Can Your Staff Become a PCQI?

Fortunately for you, becoming a PCQI is very easy especially when you choose a good training program such as the one we offer here at Safe Food Resources. Your staff will take the standardized training course taught by our “Preventive Controls Lead Instructor”. This instructor is approved by FSPCA to teach the curriculum with certificate number issued. Once your staff successfully completes this training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls, the instructor will determine whether the attendee is able to develop a Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan utilizing the methods taught in class.

This will enable them to become a PCQI with a certificate that shows they have met the training requirement. The course is developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA.

Why Do You Need to Train More Than One Staff?

Which aircraft would you rather enter? – The one with a captain and co-pilot or the one that just has one pilot? The answer is clear; there are a lot of reasons why you need to have more than just one PCQI.

Most employers only consider the cost of training staff without putting into consideration the huge benefits that come with training more than just one person on staff.

Training more than just one employee to qualify as PCQI will benefit your company in the long run. Fortunately, PCQI is a very short training and won’t cost much of your time and resources. This means you can train as many employees as possible without any negative effect on your company’s resources. It is very beneficial for an organization with a long-term plan.

FDA stated that every food facility must at least train one PCQI. You need more than just one employee with the technical knowledge of the food being made and processes in use to evaluate risk and identify the means to control them. If your company ever gets involved in a situation where a consumer claims to have been harmed by one of the company’s product, you will need more than just one experienced PCQI to handle the problem without ruining your company’s reputation. This means that you need:


  • A PCQI to be available 24/7. If you train more than one, they can take shifts.
  • Your PCQI can go on vacation or take a leave knowing that he or she has somebody to cover for them.
  • More than just one PCQI shows the customers and investors that your company has long-term goals.
  • You can easily expand your business when you have more than just one PCQI.
  • Having more than just one PCQI helps to helps to start building a food safety culture for the organization.


Why Is Having a Food Safety Culture Very Important in 2017?

Having a food safety culture increases your company’s image and perception. Every brand is known for something, it would be indeed great if as a food processor, your company is known for having a culture of food safety.

Apart from building a brand that appeals to the public with food safety culture, you can run into problems when you neglect food safety. This is because the risk of food contamination increased when food safety is relegated to the background or given sparse attention. When this happens, you stand the risk of critically damaging your company’s reputation and the possibility of facing criminal negligence as a result of foodborne illness outbreak caused by your negligence.

Moreover, when your food processing company has a well-established food safety culture, your current and future employees are likely to correctly follow your company policies and procedures. This will significantly reduce mistakes, boost employee morale, reduce absenteeism, amplify profitability, increase employee turnover, and keeps the company’s reputation secure and positive.


Where Should You Get Your Certification AS PCQI?

Safe Food Resources has courses that are intended to help food processors meet the FSMA requirement of having “preventive controls qualified individuals” on staff.

Our Courses will help you:

  • Understand the basic requirements of the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.
  • Help you produce commodities so you can develop food safety plans that are in compliance with the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.
  • Know the difference between HACCP and the FSMA PC rule
  • Get a certification and qualify as PCQI

Get to know how our training works. Click here to find out more!

Please note that having only HACCP plan in place doesn’t make you PCQI complaint. You may still need some preventive controls which are required in this rule other those that are usually included as CCPs.