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FSMA Refresher?
FSMA Refresher?

As FSMA progresses forward, it’s a good time to review key food safety provisions and compliance dates. The FDA provides FSMA guidance to communicate what their expectations are for complying with the regulations. 

This fall, AIB International experts are helping clients from every sector take measures to comply with the new requirements as they’ve unfolded over the last six years. Most recently, the FDA released two guidance documents to help food facilities understand the registration requirements. The FDA prepared these documents to address provisions to the FD&C Act and the 2016 final rule, among other registration-related questions received.

The new guidance covers:

  • An abbreviated registration process for facilities without changes
  • Information about a 2020 requirement for Unique Facility Identifiers (UFI)
  • Details about the role of US Agents

For more information, check out our blog post, FDA Releases Two Guidance Documents for Food Facility Registration.

PCQI Requirements

Another important topic in the release of FSMA guidance is the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) requirements. All FDA registered food manufacturing facilities are required to have at least one PCQI who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls or is otherwise qualified. So, what makes someone qualified to be a PCQI? To answer that question and others, here are some additional training resources.

Whichever way the PCQI attains his or her knowledge, a successful PCQI has all the necessary resources and management commitment to ensure the implementation and maintenance of the Food Safety Plan. The ultimate demonstration of a successful PCQI is when the facility successfully passes an FDA inspection.

Pro Tips to Face FSMA Fearlessly

Regardless of whether you’re preparing for a more comprehensive FDA inspection or making sure your plant conditions align with your records, it’s time to know the pro tips that will protect your facility. Take a look at this infographic for tips to successful reach your target FSMA goals.  

(Click on the graphic to download a PDF)

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