Dianova was founded in 2008 as a limited company, owned by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Dianova is attending to all commercial assignments on behalf of DTU National Food Institute and DTU National Veterinary Institute. Using experts from the DTU Institutes and the Danish Food Administration, Dianova offers consultancy and advisory services, risk assessments and courses covering the “Farm to Fork” principle, besides diagnostic examinations, laboratory analyses and distribution of vaccines and sera. The DTU Institutes are responsible for the Danish emergency preparedness and advice to authorities regarding food safety, toxicological risk assessments in environmental exposure, human nutrition and dietary diseases, veterinary epidemiology, diagnostics and infectious diseases in animals. The DTU Institutes are EU Community Reference Laboratory (CRL) regarding surveillance and control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Food borne Pathogens, Fish Diseases (OIE-laboratory), Pesticides in Cereals and Feeding stuffs, EFSA Collaborating Centre for Surveillance of Zoonoses, WHO Collaborating Centre for Food Contaminants Monitoring (GEMS Food) and Antimicrobial Resistance in Food borne Pathogens. The Institutes are National Reference Laboratories in Food analyses, Residues of Veterinary Drugs, Chemical contaminants in Food products, GMO, Hormone disturbing substances, Algal toxins, Microbiological and Viral contamination of bivalvular shellfish, Zoonoses, Serological analyses, Infectious diseases and Exotic viruses in animals, and is further responsible for the Danish Zoonosis Centre. DTU experts participate in international cooperation, such as WHO, CODEX, OIE, EFSA, EU, FAO, IDF, CEN and ISO. Thus, DTU experts participate in several international networks and organisations, such as: WHO Permanent Group on Campylobacter, WHO Global Salmonella Surveillance Programme and WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, CODEX Committees for Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary uses, for Pesticide Residues, for Food Additives, and for Contaminants, LanguaL (Language Alimentaria) International Steering Committee and European Technical Committee, INFOODS/FAO/UNU Task Force on Tagnames for data Exchange, European Council Public Health Committee, European Council Subordinated Committee of Experts on Nutrition, Food safety and Consumers Health, European Council Subordinated Ad Hoc group for Nutrition at School, EFSA Working Group on Quantitative Risk assessment, on BSE Surveillance Model, EFSA Panel on Biohazards, Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with Food, Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel), Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues, EFSA Advisory Forum, Steering Committee Pulse Net Europe, IDF (International Dairy Federation), CEN (European Committee for Normalisation), ISO (International Standard organisation, Subcommitte for Microbiology), Nordic Ministers Councils Working Group on Microbiology and Risk assessment, Nordic Committee on Food and Nutrition and on Food Analyses. Dianova and the Institutes have organized workshops and courses, among others on Zoonoses and Microbiological Criteria (still ongoing),Food Contact Materials and laboratory courses for 3rd countries within the Better Training for Safer Food programme from 2007-2011, WHO Global Salmonella Surveillance (several annual courses all over the world), WHO GEMS workshops on chemical food safety in new EU member states or candidate countries, and EU-Twinning projects preparing EU candidates for membership or reforming food legislation in Third Countries. Besides, Dianova and the National Food Institute are helping the Saudi Arabian Food and Drug Department to establish a department of Risk Assessment and are organising seminars and internships in different topics of risk assessment (microbiology, toxicology, chemistry, human nutrition and gene technology). Currently, Dianova and the institutes have elaborated guiding manuals, laboratory check schemes, a business plan for laboratories in Third Countries and are organising training courses and laboratory quality audits and assessments of viability in Africa within the EU project EDES for ACP countries.
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES, Austria)
The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) was founded in 2002 pursuant to the Federal Act on Health and Food Safety as a merger of 18 former Federal State Institutes with the aim to promote a holistic approach to the control of health and food safety in Austria. In 2006, the Austrian Medicines and Medical Devices Agency was also incorporated into AGES. AGES has approx. 1.400 employees and is attached to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. It covers nearly all disciplines related to food and health safety, including safe food production from farm to fork, effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants and providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products. A main function of AGES is risk assessments and risk communication in the field of food and health and food safety of human, animals and plants. AGES runs the national reference laboratories for pesticides, heavy metals in food and feeding stuff, mycotoxins, PAH´s, several pathogens and animal proteins in feeding stuff. At international level, AGES cooperates, amongst others, with the EC, the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Medicines Agency (EMEA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) etc. Notably, one of AGES’ aims is to promote knowledge transfer in the field of food and feed safety. AGES regularly organises conferences, workshops and courses for policy makers, experts, customers and partners. AGES shares its experience at international level and has successfully participated in Twinning projects and TAIEX workshops in the new MS and CCs.
Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA, UK)
FERA was officially launched in 2009, following the merger of Central Science Laboratory (CSL) with the UK Department for environment, food and Rural Affairs, Plant Health Division (including Bee Health and the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate) and Plant Variety Rights Office and Seeds Division, and the UK Government Decontamination Service. CSL had been a Defra Executive Agency for some 17 years prior to this. FERA remains an Executive Agency of Defra, to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. FERA brings together expertise in policy issues (particularly seed, plant and bee health), inspection services (protection for seeds, crops and horticulture), multi-disciplinary diagnostic science and emergency response. FERA also operates leading international proficiency testing schemes FAPAS®, FEPAS®, GeMMA and LEAP. FERA has a vital role, nationally and internationally, in evaluating risk and informing policy in food and environmental areas. FERA has over 40,000 customers and 1000 collaboration partners spread over some 102 countries. This stakeholder base is made up from Government, academia, industry and commerce.
FERA has a long history of networking with food safety, plant health and bee health organizations (ministries, inspectorates and laboratories) throughout the EU and internationally. FERA has provided training for a wide range of officials from EU member states and plays a leading role in the development of plant health policy throughout the Community. This network of contacts and co-operation has been strengthened through a range of activities.
FERA is also involved in providing training and supporting regulatory authorities in EU accession countries and elsewhere under EC funding schemes such as PHARE or CARDS, and under the TAIEX instrument. Since 2002, FERA (as CSL) has been lead or participated in 12 Twinning projects in new member states and accession countries in the fields of plant health and food safety. In 2008 FERA successfully ensured the technical quality of the training workshops on Plant Health Controls under the BTSF, and this contract was extended for 2009.
Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA, Finland)
EVIRA is the Finnish Food Safety Authority, recently set up in May 2006, through a fusion of all the authorities responsible for food safety issues in compliance with the "from the field to the table" principle. The operations of EVIRA focuses on ensuring the safety of food, promoting the health and welfare of animals and providing the required preconditions for plant and animal production as well as plant health. EVIRA controls and inspects the quality and safety of food products as well as of the production inputs of agriculture and forestry, the health and wellbeing of animals as well as plant health. The samples taken in connection with inspections are analyzed in the laboratories of EVIRA, among other food safety-related analytical tasks. The duties of the Authority include scientific research, risk assessment and diagnostic studies of animal diseases. EVIRA also runs a reference laboratory in its own field. The Food Safety Authority acts in the administrative sector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The cooperation partners of EVIRA include various authorities and agencies. The Food Safety Authority employs some 750 experts and has a turnover of approx. 16 million €. EVIRA is active in international cooperation, especially in the fields of food and veterinary sciences, with EFSA and many international organizations, such as Codex Alimentarius, FAO and WHO.
Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Regioni Lazio e Toscane (IZSLT, Italy)
Established in 1918, IZSLT is a public health institution with technical, administrative and managerial autonomy that operates as a technical and scientific agent within the National Public Health Service for Lazio and Toscana Regions as well as for the Italian Government and, where required, for international bodies as EU. IZSLT deals with and offers a broad range of services related to animal health and welfare, food safety, hygiene on animal farming and production, experimental research and epidemiological surveillance. It has conducted numerous trainings at national as well as at international level on behalf of the EU and the Italian Government in the scope of technical and scientific co-operation with Italian and foreign institutes. In particular it has been given the responsibility for national courses for veterinary authorities on EU Food Safety legislation (Hygiene Package) and audit techniques. In addition to its own well reputed experts, IZSLT can easily make available staff from other relevant Italian institutes and laboratories due to well-established contacts. IZSLT has been and currently is actively involved in TAIEX, Twinning and other training EU activities. It is certified as continuous education provider according to ISO 9000:2001.
In the field of research, IZSLT is involved in the development of investigation files mainly financed by Ministry of Public Health (average year financed for applied research worth of 1.500.000 €; funds from yearly calls around 800.000 €); other sources of funds are provided by other Ministries (Agriculture, Environment), Regions, other local and national bodies, EU, industry around 2.000.000/year.