To export food to the Unites States from the United Kingdom, manufacturers must have a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) on staff as part of complying with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To qualify as a PCQI, one must complete training.
When it comes to complying with FDA requirements, there are quite a few sweeping standards that food being imported into the US must meet. All imports must be clean, safe, and properly labelled by the manufacturer. All food is generally reviewed by the Department of Agriculture or another branch of government working in conjunction with the US government to ensure that food is free of pests or bugs. 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.
Beyond these general considerations, there are many product-specific regulations that PCQI training must cover to ensure that manufacturers comply with all FDA requirements. Because specific requirements vary so greatly by industry, they must be reviewed carefully.