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The passage of FSMA created mandatory training requirements for 3 of 7 foundational rules of FSMA. Those three rules are:

  • Preventive Controls for Human Food
  • Preventive Controls for Animal Food
  • Produce Safety Rule

The FDA has worked with a variety of industry and academic partners to develop training material that will satisfy the requirements for each rule. Training for each of the three rules above is offered through NC State University in conjunction with Cooperative Extension. The description and structure for each training course is given below.

Another rule of FSMA, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) has a non-mandatory training component. However, since many food companies in North Carolina could be impacted by the FSVP rule, NC State University in conjunction with Cooperative Extension is offering training on the FSVP rule.

Preventive Controls For Human Food

The FDA recognized training course for the PCHF rule was developed in conjunction with, and administered through the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). The FSPCA offers two different course formats that result in an equivalent certification.

Face to Face and Virtual Courses

The ‘traditional’ format for the FSPCA training course is a 2.5 day, face to face training that covers 16 modules of material and example food safety plans. The material covered focuses on the development of a food safety plan through hazard analysis, preventive controls, record-keeping, verification/validation, and a recall plan. After successful completion of the course, participants are given a certificate that identifies them as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). This course is now offered online, through Zoom, including live, instructor-led sessions.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs):

An online GMP training course is offered through the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. This includes an overview of GMPs, and is targeted at management/supervisory positions. If you’d like face to face training for your employees, please contact Lynette Johnston.

Preventive Controls For Animal Food

One of the requirements of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations is the development of a food safety plan for facilities required to conduct a hazard analysis and implement preventive controls. The development and implementation of the plan is to be done under the supervision of a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). This 20-hour training course follows the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA, and is taught by certified lead instructors. Individuals successfully completing the course will receive an official certificate from FSPCA. Please contact Marissa Herchler with any questions related to PCQI training for animal food.

Foreign supplier verification programs (FSVP) rule

This 2 day training course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). This training is applicable to businesses that import food products intended to be sold or processed in the United States.

Produce Safety Rule

For more information about Produce Safety Alliance Trainings offered in NC, please visit the PSA Grower Training Page.