PRINCESS ANND, MD- (May 7, 2021)-Registration is now open for a live, online certification course May 24-27, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to become a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food Rule.

According to U.S. food safety regulations, businesses involved in food handling, processing, manufacturing or holding are obligated to instruct their personnel on food safety and food hygiene. The FSMA PCR necessitates that a food business has a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual who has successfully completed training recognized by the FDA in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls, or who is qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.

A person may become a PCQI by attending a standardized certification course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. The certification does not have an expiration date.

The University of Maryland Extension’s Drs. Rohan Tikekar and Shauna Henley, and  UMES Extension’s Dr. Melinda Schwarz are co-sponsoring an online course to satisfy the requirement.  The course fee is $295.  Register at  Please limit the number of registrations to two per organization.  Contact Schwarz at for more information.

Gail Stephens, Agricultural Communications and Media Associate, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, School of Agricultural and

Natural Sciences,, 410-621-3850

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