PCQI Food Safety Training for Puerto Rico Food Imports into the US


Becoming a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (or PCQI) in Puerto Rico is required by the United States Food and Drug Administration for manufacturers to export their goods from the island to the United States. Different standards exist for various industries and they must be strictly adhered to. Therefore, anyone who seeks training as a PCQI in Puerto Rico must understand these regulations and the types of products they wish to export.

Proper training as a PCQI in Puerto Rico will help your business cut costs, reduce risks, speed up processes, and maintain food safety for US consumers. You should review the comprehensive list the FDA provides that will provide guidance on products that can be exported to the US. Goods may be inspected by the FDA upon arrival, so it is important to comply with notification requirements from the beginning to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

Restricted or Limited Goods from Puerto Rico

Some industries that may have restrictions or limitations placed on their exports to the United States include:

  • Agriculture
  • Livestock and byproducts
  • Some types of seafood and shellfish

Depending on the possibility for products to contain pathogens, each product will be reviewed and placed into one of three categories: low risk, medium risk, or high risk. Each of these categories carries different documentation, reporting, and testing requirements.

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

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Online Training for PCQI in Puerto Rico

Getting certified as a PCQI in Puerto Rico doesn’t need to be a hassle. ImEPIK offers online training for international producers to complete robust food safety training on working with US companies and outlining products that need to be compliant with US regulations.

We offer high-quality training and you can learn at your own pace. If you are looking for the premier online PCQI training, we encourage you to enroll on our website, or reach out to us today to discuss the process. We also offer team discounts and many other benefits to help your exporting process run smoothly.

Contact us to learn more about our PCQI course offerings.

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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.

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


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