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FSMA Training Available for NMPF Members

January 8, 2016

NMPF staff have received Lead Instructor training from the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to become instructors for the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule.

Among other things, the Preventive Controls (PC) rule requires each food processing facility to have a “preventive controls qualified individual” on staff who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system. 

The FSPCA course — which NMPF staff are now able to offer — is the standardized curriculum that FDA considers adequate; taking the FSPCA training will meet the requirements in the rule for training of a preventive controls qualified individual.

NMPF will offer the dairy processing industry the necessary training to become compliant with the PC rule.  NMPF is already planning two courses for the dairy industry, one in Arlington in April and one in May in the Chicago area. Additional course offerings will be scheduled as requested.

The course agenda and materials for these courses were developed by FSPCA under a grant from FDA; the same training is being given to FDA and state inspectors. Each course will last 2½   days, providing attendees with the knowledge to allow them to develop the necessary food safety plans to meet the new and enhanced FDA requirements that go into effect over the next three years, and to fulfill the required training that FDA recommends.

Attendees will receive a registered Certificate of Attendance that is a part of the requirements to be a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.” This will allow those individuals to demonstrate that they have attended the recommended training to be able to develop, implement and monitor a company’s food safety plan.

The course is divided into 16 chapters, which can only be conducted by FSPCA-approved trainers who have attended the required Lead Instructor class.  Please contact Beth Briczinski or Clay Detlefsen for further details about NMPF course offerings.