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Training course 6: Risk assessment
06 to 09 October 2014

Specific objective
The overall objective of this workshop is to layout approaches for risk management related to food safety and plant health aspects and train representatives of government and industry in the principles, concepts and methods of definition, identification, mitigation and communication of risks. Identification of actors and stakeholders on different levels of application of risk management and requirements for interaction of those shall give guidance for successful implementation and efficient handling of risk management systems. Presentation and comparison of existing regulatory frameworks and requirements regarding food safety and plant health shall demonstrate tendencies existing gaps, and differences between frameworks. Practical issues brought up from the participants will be evaluated and related to the different parts of risk management system in place and related to day to day work of the participants. Expected results from practical exercises based on the inputs from the participants are the identification of procedures and measures to strengthen the existing systems in place.

Learning objectives of the workshop
At the end of the workshop the participants should be able to:
  • Know the existing legal frameworks for food safety and plant health protection in the EU, USA, Brazil and countries of participants as well as principles and recommendations established by FAO (Codex)
  • Know the design, setup and function of risk management systems in the EU, USA, Brazil and countries of participants
  • Recognise the main components and function of a risk management system
  • Identify and describe a food or plant health issue
  • Develop a risk profile and establish broad risk management goals
  • Decide whether a risk management is necessary
  • Establish a risk assessment policy
  • Commission or execute the risk assessment, evaluate results
  • Identify and evaluate risk management options
  • Observe and consider local traditions and existing popular knowledge and culture for risk assessment and management
Organization of the workshop
The workshop will be adapted to the experience and background of the participants. Before the workshop a questionnaire will be sent to the participants for evaluation of background and knowledge as well as special and case related interest. Theoretical lectures and case studies are the main part of the workshop mixed with group exercises, presentation of results of exercises and discussion sessions. The different groups will represent different actors or stakeholders in the approach to analyze the function of risk management systems or parts of it.

The fundamentals of risk assessment, models for risk management systems and the existing legal frameworks sustaining these models are the theoretical lessons of the workshop. The previous contribution of participants and evaluation of their background will influence the selection of topics to be elaborated in a broader way. The theoretical part is complemented and elucidated by the case studies/contributions of participants and tutors.
The theoretical components of the workshop will cover the following topics:
  • Legal frameworks for food safety and plant health protection
  • Recommendations of the Codex
  • The setup of EFSA (The European Foodsafety Authority)
  • Components and function of a risk management system
  • Risk profiles
  • Risk assessment policies
  • Risk communication and rapid alert systems
  • ISO norm 31.000:2009
The exercises will be based on the cases presented by tutors and participants and target the practical training of the main topics of the workshop: safety and risk definition, risk assessment and management as well as communication and requirements to the environment for feasible and efficient procedures. Field activities may be included depending on the further development of the content of the workshop. The exercises will embrace different scenarios and levels of application of risk management system in order to make the applicable principles more transparent and comprehensive.

Plenum discussions
Plenum discussions will take part each day and after every workshop for the practical application of the theoretic content.
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