National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka

national chamber of exporters of sri lanka

532 / 4K,

Sirikotha Lane, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka

+94 114 651 765

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OVERVIEW: The US Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) law on preventative controls for human food regulation prevents foodborne illnesses through the safe preparation of food products for human consumption in the United States. This regulation requires food and beverage facilities to have at least one Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) to lead the creation, application, and verification of risk-based preventive controls. A PCQI is critical for an FDA-compliant food safety program.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course, developed by Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), is the FDA-approved standardized curriculum. The course is taught online by a qualified Lead Instructor and meets the requirements of a ‘preventive controls qualified individual’. Through the successful completion of this course, participants can fulfill the requirements to be a PCQI, which is a critical step forward in exporting food and beverages to the US. The course is organized by NCE and USAID’s PARTNER project.

The course covers the following topics: • Introduction to the course • Food safety plan overview • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and other Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) • Biological food safety hazards • Chemical, physical, and economically motivated food safety hazards • Preliminary steps in developing a food safety plan • Resources for food safety plans • Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination • Process preventive controls • Food allergen preventive controls • Sanitation preventive controls • Supply-chain preventive controls • Verification and validation procedures • Record keeping procedures • Recall plan • FSPCA regulation overview.

CERTIFICATE: On successful completion of this course, participants will receive an FSPCA PCQI certificate, which is issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the International Food Protection Training Institute and recognized by the FDA. There is no examination, but participants have to complete 20 hours of training.

SUITABLE PARTICIPANTS: This course is aimed at exporters seeking to meet the training requirements for the PCQI, including Directors/Vice Presidents for food safety; Managers/Supervisors in food and beverage production and packing facilities; and Food Safety Consultants/Trainers.

PREREQUISITES: Prior knowledge of GMPs and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), or experience with food safety systems. A computer with an uninterrupted internet connection and telephone connection.


LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Kemasorooby Vasenth, B.Sc. (Spl) Food Science & Technology, Dip. in Quality Management (SLSI), MBA, Lead Auditor FSSC 22000:2018, Lead Auditor ISO 9001:2015, Lead Instructor Preventive Controls for Human Food.

DATES: 03rd, 04th & 05th August 2022.

DURATION: 20 hours over three days. Participants are expected to allocate 7 hours (9:00 AM-5:00 PM IST) a day during the course period.

FORMAT: Online, Zoom.

APPLICATION FORM: Applicants need to apply using the online form on or before 08th July 2022: Click_here for Application

SELECTION PROCESS: The training course is limited to 10 participants. Applicants will be carefully reviewed based on their professional background and relevant experience as well as their motivation to attend the course. The selected candidates will be informed of the final decision by 18th July2022.

For this training course, every effort will be made to select a diverse cohort. Women owned/led businesses and businesses from outside of Western Province are encouraged to apply.

CHARGE: Participation in the course is free-of-charge. Participants will be required to cover a separate certificate fee (USD 60), to be paid to NCE on or before 29th July 2022.

CONTACT DETAILS: For more information on the course, contact: Dilini Gamlathge, Senior Executive – Member Services, NCE, Tel: 011-4344662, Email:


The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) is the only private sector chamber that exclusively serves Sri Lankan exporters. The main aim of the Chamber is to provide support services required by Sri Lankan exporters to enhance exports.

USAID’s Partnership for Accelerating Results in Trade, National Expenditure and Revenue (PARTNER) project is a $19 million, five-year initiative to minimize bottlenecks to trade, bolster Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and strengthen the capacity of small and medium enterprises, private sector associations, and chambers of commerce to promote a vibrant private sector in Sri Lanka.

The PARTNER project is one component of the longstanding partnership between the American and Sri Lankan people to support self-reliance and promote a healthy, educated, and employed population. To find out more about USAID’s work, please see