FSMA PCQI Training

Nashville, Tennessee • July 27–29, 2021

The American Feed Industry Association is hosting a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Preventive Controls (FSPCA) for Animal Food training. Attendees will receive a FSPCA PCQI certificate after completion of the course. 

The training was developed by the FSPCA and is the “standardized curriculum” the Food and Drug Administration recognizes as adequate for PCQI training. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI.

The training will cover

  • Overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for animal food;
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements;
  • Animal food safety hazards;
  • Overview of the food safety plan;
  • Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination;
  • Preventive control management components;
  • Process preventive controls;
  • Sanitation preventive controls;
  • Supply chain applied controls; and
  • Recall plans.

Who Should Attend?

Facility quality and regulatory employees who will be designated PCQIs at the facility or part of a PCQI team should attend as well as anyone seeking to understand more about FSMA animal food rule. Participants should leave the training with a better understanding of how to create a food safety plan specific to their facility. This event has been approved for 12 ARPAS CEU credits. 

Program Details

The training will begin at 1 p.m., CDT, on Tuesday, July 27, and end at 5 p.m., CDT, on Thursday, July 29. The training will be held at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.

Hotel Reservations

AFIA is pleased to offer registrants a limited number of hotel rooms at the Inn at Opryland at the preferred rate of $152 (plus tax). Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservation. Reservations can be made by clicking on this link or contacting the reservation line at (800) 901-4211 to reserve under the group name “American Feed Industry Association- PCQI Training.” The block is available through July 5 or until it fills up.

How is AFIA preparing for a face-to-face event?

At the American Feed Industry Association, we are eager and looking forward to getting back on the road to see all of our members in-person. Over the past year, the AFIA has been closely monitoring guidance from state and federal health authorities regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of our attendees and staff has always been of utmost importance and will continue to be.  Should you have any questions or concerns before these details are available, please contact AFIA’s senior director of meetings and events at

Safety at PCQI 

This year’s FSMA PCQI Training will need to be different as we all work together to end this pandemic. We are regularly reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated recommendations on hosting large gatherings to ensure we are doing all that we can to provide a safe meeting environment. At this time, we expect that attendees who are unvaccinated will be asked to wear a face mask, but we will continue to monitor the situation and make any adjustments as appropriate. Please click here to see what you can expect or check back soon to see what we have planned for July. 

Register with Options

We recognize that every member’s situation changes day by day—between travel restrictions, company policy changes, state regulations, home changes, etc.—AFIA’s goal is to make it easier for you to attend our events. Once you register, if you’re still not able to attend the event, full refunds will be available through July 1, 2021. You can cancel your registration, for any reason and with no penalty. If you decide to cancel, you can opt for a full refund or transfer your registration to another AFIA event. AFIA reserves the right to cancel any conference it deems necessary. AFIA will not be responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants.

Additional Information

If you have any questions on registration, please contact Daisy Rodriguez, AFIA’s registrations and events specialist, at (703) 650-0144 or If you have any questions on the program, please contact Gary Huddleston, AFIA director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, at (703) 666-8854 or