Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) Rule and Key Requirements:
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation) require facilities that manufacture, process, pack/hold animal food exclusively or both human and animal food to conduct a hazard analysis and implement risk-based preventive controls for the identified hazards. In general the rule applies to facilities that have to register with FDA under section 415 of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. Both domestic facilities and those exporting food for consumption in the US must comply with the rule. Each facility would be required to implement a written food safety plan that focuses on preventing hazards identified in the food. The food safety plan is required to:
How can companies comply with PCAF rule?
PCAF is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for animal consumption in the US. The preventive control requirements go beyond the traditional HACCP. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI)” 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 Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), a broad-based public-private alliance, has developed a “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA for the training course. This course is taught by FSPCA Lead Instructors. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual”. The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) administer certificates for all participants that successfully complete the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food course.
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course:
This course developed by FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is a way an individual can meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI).” Under the Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCAF) regulation, the responsibilities of a PCQI include performing and/or overseeing 1) preparation of the Food Safety Plan, 2) validation of the preventive controls, 3) records review and 4) reanalysis of the Food Safety Plan, and other activities as appropriate to the food.This course will be conducted with the following learning objectives:
Who Should Take The Course?
The course is applicable to facilities that are to comply with Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. Individuals who need to understand and comply with the CGMP requirements will benefit by taking the course.
Srirama Chaitanya Manyam
Srirama is a Lead Instructor for FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods and Animal Foods. He has worked as an Instructor for courses in Preventive Controls for building the skills and capacity of the exporters. He has over 10 years of experience in domestic and multi-national food and agri processing industries in the functions of research and development, new product development, operations, QA and food safety. In his current role, he supports clients in life sciences on technology landscaping & selection, opportunity assessment, product development, business planning and commercialisation