RFA holding FDA-certified FSMA training classes this summer

By Renewable Fuels Association | May 19, 2016

The Renewable Fuels Association has scheduled four training courses to help facilities meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA-approved classes, beginning this summer, are designed for individuals overseeing the food safety plan of an ethanol plant. This course will help ethanol plants comply in a timely manner with the requirements of FDA’s final regulations implementing FSMA. The course will provide the industry with accurate and fact-based information, as well as the practical means to comply with its new rules.

In September 2015, FDA finalized regulations for producing safe animal food. Covered facilities must establish and implement a food safety system that includes an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventative controls. FSMA requires a preventative controls qualified individual (PCQI) be in charge of the risk-based food preventative controls plan and receive certification through an FDA-sanctioned training course and those taught by FDA-certified lead instructors.

RFA has been involved with the standardized curriculum development of the FDA recognized Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance for the Animal Food, and will be certified to be a lead instructor for PCQI courses.

RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis, who will receive her lead instructor’s certification this week, will conduct the training classes. “With the rigorous FDA training I received, I understand the letter and spirit of the law, and the nuances ethanol plants will need to know in order to comply as cost effectively as possible,” said Davis. “These training classes will be essential to help navigate the FSMA requirements.”

“Kelly has 30 years of experience working at various U.S. ethanol plants,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “She speaks the language and is the best person to help translate a complicated regulation and make it easily understood. These classes reflect RFA’s continued commitment to training and safety. They will be invaluable for ethanol plants to meet the new FDA regulations.”

The following sessions are now scheduled—reserve your seat today, as space is limited.

Training Session #1: July 27–29, Omaha, Nebraska

Training Session #2: Aug. 17–19, Des Moines, Iowa

Training Session #3: Aug. 24–26, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Training Session #4: Sept. 14–16, Indianapolis, Indiana

These two-and-a-half day sessions of training will include course materials, refreshments and lunch. Every attendee will receive an approved PCQI certificate upon successful completion of the course. Each session is limited to 40 attendees, and reservations are required available on a first-come, first-served basis. Exact times and specific locations will be shared with attendees when they register. The course is offered to RFA members at no charge. The registration fee for non-members is $1,800. To reserve your spot at one of the above sessions, please contact Ann Lewis at alewis@ethanolrfa.orgor Kelly Davis at kdavis@ethanolrfa.org or (636) 594-2285.