The PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) is a role required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order for a manufacturer to export food to the United States. The standards that a manufacturer must meet vary by industry, so it’s important that anyone receiving PCQI training in India understands precisely what sort of products their company plans to export. Understanding these requirements and completing comprehensive training can speed processes, reduce costs and risks, and improve the safety of food for consumers.
The FDA outlines a comprehensive list of requirements for everything from additives and condiments to fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are also overarching requirements for every product type, such as the stipulation that all food may be reviewed in order to confirm that no pests or bugs are present.
It is also required that the US receives notification of any incoming imports prior to their arrival so they can prepare for any necessary inspection or testing at the port of entry. Appropriate customs documentation is necessary as well. More specific requirements may pertain to individual products, though.