Project Introduction

Organisation and Implementation of Training Activities on Specific EU Quality Schemes Under the "Better Training for Safer Food" Initiative

Background

Better Training for Safer Food is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at organising a EU training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules.

Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, provides the legal instrument for this initiative.

Training is designed for staff of competent authorities of EU Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Community law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.

It is also essential that third countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU standards and import requirements. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU is also available to participants from third countries and specific training activities are organised for third country participants on the spot.

Objectives

The overall objective of the contract is the organisation and implementation of training activities on specific EU quality schemes is to disseminate best practices for control procedures, improving knowledge of this area of work and ensuring consistent and rigorous implementation of rules across the EU by competent national and regional authorities within the EU, as well as from selected Third counties.

Furthermore, bringing together participants from different EU Member States should contribute to increasing the compatibility of control procedures and practice across the EU and allow exchange of experience among them, as well as with participants from Third countries.

Target Audience

Officials and private certification body employees conducting official controls within the EU MS or Third Country Competent Authorities (or regional authorities), with a particular focus placed on identifying those in a position to organise further training and further disseminate learnings, and information packages.

Key Outputs

  • Ten 3 day training workshops on Protected Designation Schemes (PGI, PDO, TSG) across 3-4 venues spread across the EU.
  • Ten 3 day training workshops on Organic Farming across 3 venues across the EU