Register Now for AFIA's Upcoming PCQI Course

March 15, 2022

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The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its annual Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for Animal Food training. The course, which will be held July 19-21 at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn., is one way to meet the requirements for a preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI). 

“Every facility that manufactures, processes, packs or holds animal food needs one or more designated PCQIs, and this course is one of the best ways to learn about compliance with the animal food regulations in the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. “Not only is this course taught from the practical perspective of a responsible manufacturer, it is also more conducive to learning as the instructors and participants can openly engage with one another and discuss practical applications of the regulations to their specific facilities.” 

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires one or more designated PCQIs in each facility to develop and oversee an animal food safety plan. Developed by the FSPCA, the 20-hour course provides the “standardized curriculum,” which is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as adequate for PCQI training. The training will cover topics including:

  • An overview of the FSMA requirements for animal food;
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices requirements;
  • Animal food safety hazards;
  • Overview of the food safety plan;
  • Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination;
  • Preventive controls management components;
  • Process preventive controls;
  • Sanitation preventive controls;
  • Supply chain applied controls; and
  • Recall plans.

View the course agenda here.

The course is limited to 60 registrants. To receive the early-bird rate of $675 for AFIA members and $995 for nonmembers, register by May 10. For more information, visit