BTSF Non-EU

The BTSF Initiative was originally intended for training food and feed control authorities in the EU. But as the EU is the world’s largest importer of food products, it was soon clear that BTSF was also vitally important to non-EU countries. Border control problems are greatly reduced when non-EU countries know how to meet EU sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules, offering savings in time and money for importers and exporters alike.

EU food imports span meat, fish, shellfish, fruit and vegetables, as well as live animals and plants, from countries where controls may be less strict than in the EU, or virtually non-existent. These exporting countries do not always have the right resources and structures to ensure control and surveillance of food production. If farmers and small-scale producers in poorer countries know how to implement SPS regulations, trade benefits follow naturally, and their domestic health and food security also improves. Increased trade creates more employment and greater economic development. Respecting hygiene and health rules offers a way out of poverty for smallholders and agricultural workers in exporting countries. It also, naturally, protects their own citizens’ health.

BTSF Non-EU workshops take place in Africa and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, South and Central America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Unlike in the EU, where teaching focuses on harmonising controls, in non-EU countries the main goal is to explain EU SPS requirements, including animal welfare. By increasing market access, BTSF complements existing assistance programmes. This has meant synergies between DG SANTE and other Commission departments. The most popular events are the regional workshops on subjects of common concern to a number of neighbouring countries; these also provide valuable networking opportunities.

Detailed information about each of the BTSF Non-EU available Courses can be found below.

Background information

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of micro-organisms to neutralize the effect of drugs produced to defeat them. It is a natural biological phenomenon but lately a variety of factors have contributed to accelerate these defences mechanisms, such as: inappropriate or abuse of therapeutic antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine; poor hygiene and infection prevention measures in healthcare settings and at farm level; or lack of new effective antimicrobial alternatives. 

 The ineffectiveness of drugs is causing direct severe effects such as longer illness, increased mortality, prolonged stays in hospitals, and lack of drug protection in operations and medical procedures, and increased costs. Combating antimicrobial resistance has become a global public health challenge. 

The essence of the One Health approach to tackling AMR is in the understanding that in order to combat AMR appropriately and effectively, concerted collaborative efforts are necessary across the human health, veterinary medicine and environment sectors. It must involve partnerships between those working at the interface of multiple related disciplines, putting together action from veterinarians, physicians, epidemiologists, researchers in public health and ecology, in which reaching a consensus depends on political commitment. 

The development of enhanced surveillance systems and prudent use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine are two of the key areas for action of the EU policy against AMR. 

At international level, the Union particularly wants to focus on implementation of commitments made on AMR in international fora, including the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR as well as in the OIE and FAO resolutions. Sustaining political momentum, focusing on next steps and increasing international awareness and cooperation are also important components to follow-up the conclusions of the high-level event on AMR that was held at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016. 

 As one of the largest markets for agricultural products, the EU can play a major role by promoting its standards and measures for addressing AMR with its trade partners. The proposed training will therefore aim at strengthening the EU as 'stronger global actor', and at building on existing relationships and facilitating policy dialogue with the involved countries.

Objectives

The Training Programme on Antimicrobial resistance non EU overall objectives are: 

  • To work towards reinforcing engagement and collaboration with international organisations and intensify cooperation with countries outside of the European Union on AMR.
  • The aim of this course is to provide support on strategies and actions at promoting and strenghtening the prudent use of antimicrobials and monitoring resistance, in veterinary, food safety and in public health sectors, reinforcing engagement and collaboration with international organisations, and intensifying cooperation with those most affected developing countries.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Occurrence factors of AMR in zoonotic and other bacteria with public health importance and general concepts related to AMR.
  • EC Action Plan against the rising threats from AMR with focus on its “One Health” approach.
  • Overview of the EU legal framework applicable to AMR and the use of antimicrobials.
  • Relevant international initiatives and standards in the field of AMR (e.g. Codex Alimentarius, WHO, and OIE).
  • Practical application of EU provisions on monitoring of AMR in zoonotic and other bacterial with public health importance.
  • Practical application of EU provisions on the monitoring of the use of antimicrobials.
  • Commission guidance documents on prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine and EU guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health.
  • Examples of good practices for strategies and actions aimed at promoting and strengthening the prudent use of antimicrobials, including examples of successful private standards and/or policies related to AMR developed by companies.

Target audience

The training course is mainly addressed to:

  • Decision / policy makers / senior officers from Public Health competent authorities.
  • Decision / policy makers / senior officers from Primary production of animals intended to be food competent authorities.
  • Decision / policy makers / senior officers from Food safety competent authorities.
  • Senior officers from already existing national and/or regional networks related to antimicrobial resistance.
  • In the absence of the above, it could be considered personnel from public associations or foundations working in the field of combating AMR.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 05/02/2019 08/02/2019 Cape Town South Africa
2 09/04/2019 12/04/2019 Buenos Aires Argentina
3 11/06/2019 14/06/2019 Kiev Ukraine
4 17/09/2019 20/09/2019 Amman Jordan
5 22/10/2019 25/10/2019 Beijing China
6 10/12/2019 13/12/2019 Addis-Ababa Ethiopia
7 18/02/2020 21/02/2020 Jakarta Indonesia
8 24/03/2020 27/03/2020 San José Costa Rica
9 27/04/2020 30/04/2020 Dakar Senegal
10 26/05/2020 29/05/2020 New Delhi India
11 23/06/2020 26/06/2020 Podgorica Montenegro

Background information

The objective of the training is to continue cooperation activities on information management systems at international level with a view to further raise awareness and contribute to a better understanding and more efficient use of existing EU SPS information management systems by the competent authorities and other stakeholders in non-EU countries. It will also aim to facilitate their integration as active users in these systems and in the specific case of the TRACES system, support them in adapting it, in accordance with the principles used at EU level by this system, for the exchange of information both inside the country and between countries located in the same geographical region.

Target audience

  • Officers of the National Competent Authority.
  • Government Ministries and Inspection services.
  • Be involved in the certification process for goods exported to the EU.
  • Be involved in the certification process for goods traded at regional level between non-EU countries.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 05/02/2019 08/02/2019 Lilongwe Malawi
2 26/03/2019 29/03/2019 Bangkok Thailand
3 07/05/2019 10/05/2019 Kiev Ukraine
4 17/06/2019 20/06/2019 Beirut Lebanon
5 09/09/2019 12/09/2019 Dakar Senegal
6 01/10/2019 04/10/2019 San Jose Costa Rica
7 05/11/2019 08/11/2019 La Paz Bolivia
8 03/12/2019 06/12/2019 Bangalore India
9 28/01/2020 31/01/2020 Kigali Rwanda
10 03/03/2020 06/03/2020 Libreville Gabon
11 07/04/2020 10/04/2020 Noumea New Caledonia

Background information

The BTSF Non-EU Training Programme on EU Risk analysis aproach for non-EU countries overall objective 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.

Target audience

  • Food Safety Policy Development.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 25/02/2019 28/02/2019 Kiev Ukraine
2 25/03/2019 28/03/2019 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
3 17/06/2019 20/06/2019 Dakar Senegal
4 30/09/2019 03/10/2019 Rabat Morocco
5 16/12/2019 19/12/2019 Bangkok Thailand
6 23/03/2020 26/03/2020 Buenos Aires Argentina
7 25/05/2020 28/05/2020 San José Costa Rica
8 22/06/2020 25/06/2020 Beijing China

Background information

The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is organising, on behalf of the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General (DG SANTE), a cycle of 10 training sessions in the field of sampling & analysis methods used in the context of official food and feed controls within the “Better Training for Safer Food” initiative. In total, 155 participants coming from selected non-EU countries in Eastern ENP and Mediterranean basin region, Central and South America, Africa and Asia will be invited during the project’s Phase 1 (2019-2020).

Objectives

The BTSF Non-EU Training Programme on Sampling and analysis: Mycotoxins overall objectives are: 

  • The overall project objective is to develop the ability of laboratory staff and management from non-EU countries to apply the sampling and analysis methods used in official food and feed controls. Considering the specificities of the mycotoxins area, the goals of the European legislation, as well as the overall strategy of the BTSF initiative, the following objectives for this training course have been formulated:
    • Raise awareness on all aspects related to mycotoxins control in food and feed.
    • Underline the need of assuring correct sampling procedures to reduce the error in the analytical results.
    • Support the application of quality management standards for the laboratories to increase their performance and reliability levels.
    • Improve the practical knowledge on simple and more advanced analytical methods to enhance the degree of accuracy and widen the number of substances determined.
    • Foster exchange of best practices and ideas to increase the efficacy of knowledge transfer in analytical activities.
    • Encourage networking and dissemination of knowledge among the trainees.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Introduction to mycotoxins.
  • Topic 2: EU and international legislation and official controls.
  • Topic 3: Mitigation of mycotoxins.
  • Topic 4: Risk assessment.
  • Topic 5: Sampling procedures.
  • Topic 6: Sample preparation.
  • Topic 7: Validation of analytical methods.
  • Topic 8: Screening methods.
  • Topic 9: Confirmatory methods.
  • Topic 10: Quality management in the laboratory.

Target audience

The training is addressed to staff and management of public or private food testing laboratories designated to perform official controls on mycotoxins. The applicants must have relevant professional and educational background, commit to disseminate the obtained knowledge among stakeholders in their home country and have a good working level of English.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 02/12/2019 13/12/2019 Rome Italy
2 17/02/2020 28/02/2020 Madrid Spain
3 15/06/2020 26/06/2020 Madrid Spain
4 23/11/2020 04/12/2020 Rome Italy

Background information

The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is organising, on behalf of the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General (DG SANTE), a cycle of 10 training sessions in the field of sampling & analysis methods used in the context of official food and feed controls within the “Better Training for Safer Food” initiative. In total, 155 participants coming from selected non-EU countries in Eastern ENP and Mediterranean basin region, Central and South America, Africa and Asia will be invited during the project’s Phase 1 (2019-2020).

Objectives

The BTSF Non-EU Training Programme on Sampling and analysis: Residues of veterinary medicinal products  overall objectives are: 

  • The overall project objective is to develop the ability of laboratory staff and management from non-EU countries to apply the sampling and analysis methods used in official food and feed controls. Considering the specificities of the VMP area, the goals of the European legislation, as well as the overall strategy of the BTSF initiative, the following objectives for this training course have been formulated:
    • Raise awareness on all aspects related to control on residues of VMP in food and feed,
    • Underline the need of assuring correct sampling procedures to reduce the error in the analytical results,
    • Support the application of quality management standards for the laboratories to increase their performance and reliability levels.
    • Improve the practical knowledge on simple and more advanced analytical methods to enhance the degree of accuracy and widen the number of substances determined.
    • Foster exchange of best practices and ideas to increase the efficacy of knowledge transfer in analytical activities.
    • Encourage networking and dissemination of knowledge among the trainees.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Topic 1: EU and international legislation, official controls and development of residues testing programmes.
  • Topic 2: Import controls.
  • Topic 3: Sampling, sample preparation and management.
  • Topic 4: Methods validation.
  • Topic 5: Screening methods.
  • Topic 6: Confirmatory techniques and results analysis.
  • Topic 7: Quality management in the laboratory.

Target audience

The training is addressed to staff and management of public or private food testing laboratories designated to perform official controls on residues of VMP. The applicants must have a relevant professional and educational background, commit to disseminate the obtained knowledge among stakeholders in their home country and have a good working level of English.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 08/07/2019 19/07/2019 Dublin Ireland
2 11/11/2019 22/11/2019 Porto/Vila do Conde Portugal
3 23/03/2020 03/04/2020 Dublin Ireland

Background information

The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is organising, on behalf of the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General (DG SANTE), a cycle of 10 training sessions in the field of sampling & analysis methods used in the context of official food and feed controls within the “Better Training for Safer Food” initiative. In total, 155 participants coming from selected non-EU countries in Eastern ENP and Mediterranean basin region, Central and South America, Africa and Asia will be invited during the project’s Phase 1 (2019-2020).

Objectives

The BTSF Non-EU Training Programme on Sampling and analysis: Residues of plant protection products overall objectives are: 

  • The overall project objective is to develop the ability of laboratory staff and management from non-EU countries to apply the sampling and analysis methods used in official food and feed controls. Considering the specificities of the PPP area, the goals of the European legislation, as well as the overall strategy of the BTSF initiative, the following objectives for this training course have been formulated:
    • Raise awareness on all aspects related to control on residues of PPP in food and feed.
    • Underline the need of assuring correct sampling procedures to reduce the error in the analytical results.
    • Support the application of quality management standards for the laboratories to increase their performance and reliability levels.
    • Improve the practical knowledge on simple and more advanced analytical methods to enhance the degree of accuracy and widen the number of substances determined.
    • Underline the need of assuring correct sampling procedures to reduce the error in the analytical results.
    • Foster exchange of best practices and ideas to increase the efficacy of knowledge transfer in analytical activities.
    • Encourage networking and dissemination of knowledge among the trainees.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • What's new on TSEs from the scientific community.
  • Regulation (EC) N°999/2001: How the EU tackled the BSE crisis and kept TSE in small ruminants under control.
  • Topic 1: Introduction.
  • Topic 2: EU legislation and control system.
  • Topic 3: Sampling.
  • Topic 4: Laboratory management.
  • Topic 5: Laboratory performance.
  • Topic 6: Sample processing and sample preparation.
  • Topic 7: Analytical method.

Target audience

The training is addressed to staff and management of public or private food testing laboratories designated to perform official controls on residues of PPP. The applicants must have a relevant professional and educational background, commit to disseminate the obtained knowledge among stakeholders in their home country and have a good working level of English.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 30/09/2019 11/10/2019 Athens Greece
2 01/06/2020 12/06/2020 Stuttgart Germany
3 05/10/2020 16/10/2020 Poznan Poland