PCQI Food Safety Training for German Food Imports into the US

$750 (€ 617)

ImEPIK offers a comprehensive online course for international audiences and Germans looking to export food products to the United States. Except for USDA-regulated meat, poultry, and processed egg producers, all food producers seeking to export to the United States must comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Signed in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued FSMA with the intent to shift the focus to preventing food safety problems instead of reacting to outbreaks.

Though FSMA establishes a set of specific standards, it doesn’t stand in the way of trade patterns between the U.S. and Germany. In 2019 alone, the U.S. imported $129.9 billion worth of German goods. However, there are some food products that cannot be imported. These include lamb and mutton, equine products, poultry meat products, and products that are non-harmonized (outside of uniform E.U. import requirements).

One of FSMA’s seven rules asks that manufacturers employ “current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis, and risk-based preventative controls for human food.” Under the umbrella of this rule is the standard of having a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) on staff to ensure food safety regulatory compliance for food manufacturing facilities. The savvy way to meet this requirement of FSMA is to take a comprehensive PCQI course that teaches you the skills and expertise you need.

Self-Paced on your own schedule, 100% online. No webinars, no online classroom.

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ImEPIK offers the online training you need. Our self-paced online program for comprehensive food safety training is essential to anyone in the food production industry that needs to be compliant with U.S. regulations—including exports from Germany to the United States.

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When we say the course is “100% Online”, we mean that it’s self-paced and does not require you to schedule a virtual classroom session or attend a webinar. You do the training on your time, whenever you want and from wherever you and your computer/tablet are located. Other PCQI offerings require scheduling Part 1 & 2 sessions to complete the course and receive a completion certificate. Ours is totally self-paced and allows you to avoid stringent scheduling or limited seating in virtual classrooms.

The FDA, not FSPCA, is the regulatory body that sets the standardized curriculum for the PCQI training requirements. The FSPCA is simply another training organization and the FDA does not require that you receive training from them. Our FDA recognized course has been recommended by FDA and independent auditors alike to help their clients comply with Food Safety Plan requirements.

Yes! This course is designed using the FDA approved curriculum, but without the mind-numbing effect of sitting in a classroom lecture for hours on end. It is broken up into 10 modules that include voice-over-narration, animated videos, and interactive exercises complimented by an online study manual. By the end of the course, you will have completed practical situations that culminate with the development of a food safety plan.

Yes, once purchased, your login information remains active and you will continue to have access to all the material. Since our course is entirely online and self-paced, you also have the option to skip through for a refresher on only certain portions.

A Satisfied ImEPIK Customer

ImEPIK’s PCQI Online course provided a good foundational understanding of how to develop and implement a food safety plan from the ground up.


A Satisfied ImEPIK Customer

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