Overall educational project objective

Food law, feed law, animal health rules, animal welfare and plant health legislation and requirements are almost fully based on EU law. The development of these rules has enabled the creation of the internal market for food, feed, live animals and plants, whilst ensuring a high level of consumer protection and of protection of animals and plants. At international level, the EU legislation referred to above, allows compliance with the international obligations laid down in international agreements, such as those developed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Codex Alimentarius, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

The key objective of this course is to disseminate the principles and methods of food safety risk analysis, improving knowledge of this complex area of work, improving the knowledge of Third Countries on the European control systems and legislation.

This course will focus on:

  • The concept of risk assessment (as applied in national and in EFSA and other international food safety organizations);
  • The role of international regulatory agencies and international risk assessment guidelines;
  • The three components of risk analysis – risk assessment, risk management and risk communication;
  • Risk assessment approach steps according to the WHO: problem formulation, hazard identification, hazard characterisation, exposure assessment and risk characterisation;
  • How to perform a structured risk assessment;
  • The process of hazard and risk identification;
  • Risk analysis on regulated products and Plant health;
  • Chemical contaminants and chemical risk analysis (hazard identification, hazard characterization, exposure assessment and risk characterization in chemical risk assessment, risk management and risk communication);
  • Risk analysis on Zoonosis and Animal Health with a focus on Microbiological Risk Analysis;
  • New Official Controls Regulation (OCR) and Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)
  • Crisis management

The activity will be addressed to staff of competent authorities involved in official control activities and represent staff of agricultural ministries responsible for food safety policy development and export affairsIt should be clear from their background and professional position that the participation in the training activity is a key element for the improvement of the competencies. The trainees should have the required technical skills related to the fields listed above..

The following geographical regions are invited to these training sessions:

1 North Macedonia (language English)
Invited countries: 

2 Tanzania (language English)
Invited countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia

3 Ivory Coast (language French/English)
Invited countries: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Madagascar, mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal

4 Brazil (language Spanis/Portuguese/English)
Invited countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, peru, Paraguay, Uruguay

5 Panama (language Spanish/English)
Invited countries: Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua

6 Malaysia (language English)
Invited countries: Malayesia, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Vietnam

7 Tunisia (language French/English)
Invited countries: Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, lebanon, Morocco, Palestine

8 Indonesia (language English)
Invited country: Indonesia, Cambodia, India, lao, Malayesia, Myanmar, Singapore, South korea, Thailand


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