NCE and USAID to offer the second PCQI certification course


The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will offer the second online course to become certified as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement in order for firms to export to the US food and beverage market.

The US FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) law on “Preventive Controls for Human Food Regulation” aims to prevent foodborne illnesses through the safe preparation of food products for human consumption in the United States. This regulation requires food and beverage production facilities to have at least one Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) to lead the creation, application, and verification of risk-based preventive controls. A PCQI is critical for an FDA-compliant food safety program.

The three-day, 20-hour course will be offered on June 7, 9, and 10. On successful completion of this FDA-approved standardised curriculum, participants will receive a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) PCQI certificate recognised by the FDA and issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the International Food Protection Training Institute. Fulfilling the requirements to be a PCQI is a critical step in exporting food and beverages to the United States.

Up to ten persons can participate in the course, which will be conducted by Kemasorooby Vasenth, certified instructor in Preventive Controls for Human Food. This course is aimed at exporters seeking to meet the training requirements for the PCQI. In order to attend the course, participants must have prior knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) or experience with food safety systems.

The deadline for the application is 20 May 2022.