Better Training for Safer Food (DG SANTE – European Commission)
Officials of EU Member States, Candidate Countries and Third Countries are facing considerable training needs in the field of food and feed safety to ensure a uniform approach in official controls and procedures after the process of Community policy revision. It is against this background that the European Commission conceived its initiative “Better Training for Safer Food” (BTSF).
The main objective of BTSF is to provide training mainly for staff of competent authorities of EU Member States involved in official control activities to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of the EU law in the areas feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules and thus to ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.
BTSF as well targets participants from third countries. They must provide guarantees as to the respect of EU rules with regard to food safety, feed safety, animal health, plant health rules and where appropriate with animal welfare rules, when exporting food, feed, live animals and plants to the European Union. It is therefore essential for the European Union that third countries, and in particular developing countries (DCs) are informed about these standards so as to allow better compliance, facilitate their access to the EU market and promote European food safety standards at international level.
BTSF was established by the European Commission’s Health and Consumers Directorate-General (DG SANTE) with the aim to organise a European Union training strategy in the above mentioned areas. The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) is responsible for the implementation and management of the food safety training measures (Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and Directive 2000/29/EC as specified in Article 4 of Decision 2004/858/EC).
TrainSaferFood (Consortium GIZ)
Established in September 2006 in support of the BTSF, the European Training Platform for Safer Food (TrainSaferFood) is a unique European centre of excellence, consisting exclusively of Competent Authorities and subordinate bodies of EU member states and the German Federal Government’s agency for international cooperation, GIZ. TrainSaferFood is a trusted implementing partner for the BTSF programme. So far, approx. 3.700 participants have attended BTSF activities organised by TrainSaferFood.
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