BTSF EU Training Activities cover a wide range of topics all of which relate to Food and Feed safety. This category contains information about those which are focused on Control activities.

Background information

The BTSF EU Training Programme on Check at Border Inspection Post overall objectives is: 

  • To disseminate the best practices for border control procedures, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

Target audience

  • Participants with a working knowledge of veterinary checks.
  • People working in a BIP.
  • People working at local or central level with responsibilities in import controls.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 04/03/2019 08/03/2019 Bajakovo Croatia
2 18/03/2019 22/03/2019 Antwerp Belgium
3 24/06/2019 28/06/2019 Algeciras Spain
4 21/10/2019 25/10/2019 Paris France
5 30/03/2020 03/04/2020 Algeciras Spain
6 15/06/2020 19/06/2020 Paris France
7 26/10/2020 30/10/2020 Algeciras Spain
8 23/11/2020 27/11/2020 Algeciras Spain

Background information

The Better Training for Safer Food on New Food Investigation Techniques was launched in 2013, as cases of food fraud were increasing, reaching a great dissemination by the Media at the time of the famous horse meat scandal. Food fraud cases can affect the whole food chain, sometimes using very sophisticated techniques, to avoid being detected. Internet offers multiple choices and options; complete command of these tools should be known and used by those fighting against food fraud products sold in internet. The current challenge not only require new IT tools, but a better use of the information, methods and integrate this information in a more coordinated way, using the skills and expertise of food fraud units to attend these needs, and working in collaboration among administrations, between food safety authorities, police and judicial bodies.  This course focus on General investigation and control techniques.


    Objectives

    The BTSF EU Training Programme on New food investigation techniques: Food Fraud is to improve knowledge and skills of control staff on specific investigation techniques used to identify food fraud (FF) or to perform official control duties on e-commerce of food and food related products, disseminating best practices and enabling the exchange of practical experience.

    • To give tools and techniques to design, implement and manage food fraud units; promote risk based investigations; spread the knowledge on methods and investigation techniques for the prevention of food fraud; and ensure that the trainees have a solid understanding of ways to collaborate, coordinate with other enforcement bodies in their countries, other Member States and with other supranational organizations. Topics: Collaborative approach to combating food fraud, International Collaboration, Intelligence stage, interagency cooperation, conducting investigations and criminal investigations. National & EU cases studies.

    Target audience

    Officials from inspection bodies: ideally involved in planning and organizing control activities (preferably at central level) and Police investigators/ Customs officers/Judicial staff…etc. 

    Calendar and locations

      

    Session Start Date End Date City Country
    1 04/02/2019 07/02/2019 Lisbon Portugal
    2 22/04/2019 25/04/2019 Lisbon Portugal
    3 14/10/2019 17/10/2019 Amsterdam Netherlands

Background information

The Better Training for Safer Food on New Food Investigation Techniques was launched in 2013, as cases of food fraud were increasing, reaching a great dissemination by the Media at the time of the famous horse meat scandal. Food fraud cases can affect the whole food chain, sometimes using very sophisticated techniques, to avoid being detected. Internet offers multiple choices and options; complete command of these tools should be known and used by those fighting against food fraud products sold in internet. The current challenge not only require new IT tools, but a better use of the information, methods and integrate this information in a more coordinated way, using the skills and expertise of food fraud units to attend these needs, and working in collaboration among administrations, between food safety authorities, police and judicial bodies. This course focus on Ecommerce of food standard level.


    Objectives

    The BTSF EU Training Programme on New food investigation techniques: E-commerce basic level is to improve knowledge and skills of control staff on specific investigation techniques used to identify food fraud (FF) or to perform official control duties on e-commerce of food and food related products, disseminating best practices and enabling the exchange of practical experience.
    •  To provide tools and techniques to identify internet food business operating and detect those not following the legal requirements; facilitate practical training on internet trading investigation; and spread knowledge on methods to investigate in different internet platforms, and learn practical and legal requirements to undertake official controls on internet food business; and ensure that the participants have a solid understanding of channels of communication, cooperation with different administrations and market stakeholders. Topics EC1: Legal framework for internet control, hands on IT training, EU legislation, legal aspects and control purchase, setting up an IT system for internet investigations, International cooperation and cross border cooperation, future of on-line investigations. Lectures and practical exercises with laptops.

    Target audience

    Officials from inspection bodies: ideally involved in planning and organizing online control activities (preferably at central level). 

    Calendar and locations

      

    Session Start Date End Date City Country
    1 04/03/2019 07/03/2019 Bratislava Slovakia

Background information

The Better Training for Safer Food on New Food Investigation Techniques was launched in 2013, as cases of food fraud were increasing, reaching a great dissemination by the Media at the time of the famous horse meat scandal. Food fraud cases can affect the whole food chain, sometimes using very sophisticated techniques, to avoid being detected. Internet offers multiple choices and options; complete command of these tools should be known and used by those fighting against food fraud products sold in internet. The current challenge not only require new IT tools, but a better use of the information, methods and integrate this information in a more coordinated way, using the skills and expertise of food fraud units to attend these needs, and working in collaboration among administrations, between food safety authorities, police and judicial bodies. This course focus on E-commerce of food advance level.

    Objectives

    The BTSF EU Training Programme on New food investigation techniques: E-commerce advanced level is to improve knowledge and skills of control staff on specific investigation techniques used to identify food fraud (FF) or to perform official control duties on e-commerce of food and food related products, disseminating best practices and enabling the exchange of practical experience.

    • To provide tools and techniques to identify internet food business operating and detect those not following the legal requirements; facilitate practical training on internet trading investigation; and spread knowledge on methods to investigate in different internet platforms, and learn practical and legal requirements to undertake official controls on internet food business; and ensure that the participants have a solid understanding of channels of communication, cooperation with different administrations and market stakeholders. Topics EC1: Legal framework for internet control, hands on IT training, EU legislation, legal aspects and control purchase, setting up an IT system for internet investigations, International cooperation and cross border cooperation, future of on-line investigations. Lectures and practical exercises with laptops. This are the same objectives as course E-commerce standard level, however the level to reach will be higher as long as the practical exercises requested. Demonstrated experience in investigating food frauds in the internet is compulsory to attend. EU legislation and law infringements, advanced level investigation tools, setting up contacts, cross border cooperation, future of on-line investigations. Practical approach and active contributions from participants is expected.

    Target audience

    Enforcement staff currently working in internet search or control unit; same requirements as for Course B1, and indicate having at least 3 years’ experience working in competent authorities related to Internet investigations of food frauds. To attend, participants will have to provide information of one case study in which they have participated. This ensures previous knowledge of basic IT investigation techniques in order to be able to put hands on training knowing the basic tools and experience to make basic investigations. For the three courses, participants should be able to work and make interventions in English, and compromise to disseminate the learnings gained. Guidance on how to disseminate the knowledge will be provided during the sessions, and a follow up questionnaire will be performed to participants attending.

    Calendar and locations

    Session Start Date End Date City Country
    1 20/05/2019 23/05/2019 Prague Czech Republic
    2 23/09/2019 26/09/2019 Madrid Spain

Background information

The TRAde Control and Expert System (TRACES) is the European Commissions’ multilingual online management tool for all sanitary requirements on intra-EU trade and importation of animals, semen and embryo, food, feed and plants.

Objectives

The specific objectives of the BTSF training activities on Use of TRACES in Member States is to digitise the entire certification process and linked procedures, and is in line with the declaration of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The objective of the training courses is to train experts, to expand their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and to reach a common understanding of the EU legislation. They aim at contributing to the better respect of the EU Food and Feed law in EU Member States and non-EU Countries exporting to the EU, and at increasing the awareness in neighbouring non-EU Countries on the EU approach on food and feed hygiene, animal health, animal welfare, plant health and official controls.

Content

The project is articulated in 5 courses for a total of 16 three-day training sessions on the “Use of the EU Trade Control And Expert System (TRACES)”:

  • Course 1. TRACES use at import of live animals and products of animal origin: 4 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 2. TRACES use at import of products of plant origin: 3 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 3. TRACES use at import of live plants: 3 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 4. TRACES use at import of organic products: 3 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 5. TRACES use in intra-EU trade of live animals: 3 three-day training sessions.

Target audience

  • Food Science and Technology / Human Nutrition.
  • Sciences (agronomy / microbiology / biology / chemistry).
  • Veterinary Sciences.
  • Engineering.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 16/07/2019 19/07/2019 Riga Latvia
2 14/10/2019 17/10/2019 Athens Greece
3 12/11/2019 15/11/2019 Riga Latvia
4 03/12/2019 06/12/2019 Athens Greece

Background information

Setting-up and implementation of an audit system and basics for performing a detailed audit.

Objectives

The BTSF EU Training Programme on Audit system and internal auditing overall objective is: 

  • To disseminate best practices for auditing procedures, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.

Target audience

  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in official control on food/ feed safety, animal health, animal welfare or plant health.
  • Experience as field staff involved in auditing businesses in areas of food/ feed safety, animal health, animal welfare or plant health.
  • Experience in auditing of official controls in areas of food/ feed safety, animal health, animal welfare or plant health.
  • Working experience within the functional areas of a National Audit System within a Competent Authority.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 22/10/2018 26/10/2018 Riga Latvia
2 26/11/2018 30/11/2019 Barcelona Spain
3 21/01/2019 25/01/2019 Lisbon Portugal
4 11/02/2019 15/02/2019 Lisbon Portugal
5 24/06/2019 28/06/2019 Prague Czech Republic
6 07/10/2019 11/10/2019 Riga Latvia
7 25/11/2019 29/11/2019 Lisbon Portugal
8 10/02/2020 14/02/2020 Barcelona Spain
9 16/03/2020 20/03/2020 Riga Latvia
10 20/04/2020 24/04/2020 Prague Czech Republic