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  • I have questions regarding the V2.0 FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food curriculum update. Where can I find more information?
    Download the Preventive Controls for Human Food Curriculum Update FAQs document for more information. You can always reach out to with additional questions.
  • Would completion of the FSPCA course satisfy requirements to become “qualified individual”?
    The definition of a preventive controls qualified individual in 117.3 of the final preventive controls rule is as follows: Preventive controls qualified individual means a qualified individual 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 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.
  • Can I use my existing HACCP plan and just add the things required for preventive controls?
    Yes, your HACCP plan includes controls such as process controls applied at CCPs. Other controls such as sanitation controls may apply to your products, but you do not need to rewrite your HACCP plan to include these. In fact, you may already have programs in place in addition to your HACCP plan that address the Preventive Controls rule requirements. As long as these programs meet the requirements of the rule, you can use them and the existing records. You can also supplement your HACCP plan with other things required by the rule, such as a recall plan.
  • Do I have to use a certain format for the hazard analysis? What HACCP formats are accepted?
    No, there is no required format. The company can choose the format that they wish as long as the format addresses the requirements of the regulation.
  • I want to become an FSVP Qualified Individual. What FSPCA courses are recommended?
    The FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Participant Course provides participants with an understanding of the requirements of the “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” regulation. This course is designed for the FSVP importer who will be taking responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of the FSVP rule.
  • How do I join the FSPCA Lead Instructor Private Chatter Group?
    Log into the FSPCA at Enter your email and password for the FSPCA Click on “More” in the horizontal bar and choose “Groups” from the drop-down menu Choose the Lead Instructor Group(s) you wish to join from the list displayed. We have Human Food, Animal Food, and FSVP Lead Instructor Groups. Click on the “Request Membership” button Once your Lead Instructor certificate number is confirmed, you will receive notification of acceptance into the private group
  • How can I get a copy of my FSPCA certificate?
    Your certificate(s) are available to you 24/7. If there has been a change in your email address since completing the course, first work with the LMS Admin to update the email address associated with your transcripts. Or you may reach them by phone at 1-269-488-3258. Once your email address is updated, or if no email update is necessary, follow the below directions to access your certificate at any time. Participants can access their certificates by following these steps: Click this link: After clicking the above link, log in using your existing username and password. Use the “Forgot Password?” link if you need to reset your password.) Click on your certificate to view and print your copy. This short video will show you how to access your certificate: The latest version of Adobe Reader is recommended before attempting to print the certificate. More information from Adobe is here:
  • What roles must a Food Defense Qualified Individual do, or oversee?
    There are four different roles one or more Food Defense Qualified Individuals must do or oversee: The preparation of the food defense plan as required in § 121.126; The conduct of a vulnerability assessment as required in § 121.130; The identification and explanation of the mitigation strategies as required in § 121.135; and Reanalysis as required in § 121.157. FSPCA IA Food Defense Plan Preparation and Reanalysis course satisfies the training for 1 and 4 above. FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments Using Key Activity Types course or FSPCA IA Conducting Vulnerability Assessments course satisfies the training for 2 above. You could take either course, or both. FSPCA IA Identification and Explanation of Mitigation Strategies course satisfies the training for 3 above.
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