BTSF Workshop on Animal health audits for Candidate Countries.

The objective of this online workshop is to explain the Commission tools and mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of the EU Acquis by the candidate.

The objective of this online workshop is to explain the Commission's tools and mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of the EU Acquis by the candidate and potential candidate countries of the Western Balkans (hereinafter candidate countries) during accession to the EU, with a specific focus on animal health.

The workshop will facilitate discussion on progress, and the main technical challenges that the candidate countries face in the implementation of the EU Acquis. It will also provide opportunities to share good practices in this field.

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Animal Health Law are:

  • the prioritisation and categorisation of listed diseases and listed animals
  • the responsibilities for animal health;
  • the early detection, notification and reporting of diseases, surveillance, eradication programmes and disease–free status;
  • disease awareness, preparedness and control;
  • the registration and approval of establishments and transporters, movements and traceability of animals, germinal products and products of animal origin within the Union;
  • the entry of animals, germinal products and products of animal origin into the Union and the export of such consingments from the Union;
  • non-commercial movements of pet animals in a Member State from another Member State or from a third country or territory;
  • the emergency measures to be taken in the event of a disease emergency situation.

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • Officials from relevant competent authorities involved in policy making, planning and control at central or regional level, on terrestrial or aquatic animal health, intra-EU trade of terrestrial or aquatic animals and germinal products and imports of live animals, products of animal origin and germinal products and
  • -Field inspectors and border control posts staff involved in such control activities.

Participants must meet the minimum requirements below to ensure they can follow and fully participate:

  • Official staff with adequate professional experience, familiar with the Animal Health Law Regulation (EU) 2016/429 and its delegated and implementing acts.
  • In a position to provide training to other colleagues and share the experience following their attendance to the training.
  • to understand and speak English in order to participate actively in the training session.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
TS1VC1 20/09/2021 29/09/2021 ZOOM ONLINE
TS2VC2 02/11/2021 11/11/2021 ZOOM ONLINE
TS3VC3 06/12/2021 15/12/2021 ZOOM ONLINE
TS4VC4 17/01/2022 26/01/2022 ZOOM ONLINE
TS5VC5 21/02/2022 02/03/2022 ZOOM ONLINE
TS6VC6 28/03/2022 06/04/2022 ZOOM ONLINE
TS7VC7 09/05/2022 18/05/2022 ZOOM ONLINE
TS8F2F1 20/06/2022 24/06/2022 Riga Latvia
TS9F2F2 05/09/2022 09/09/2022 Venice Italy
TS10F2F3 12/09/2022 16/09/2022 Riga Latvia
TS11F2F4 10/10/2022 14/10/2022 Riga Latvia

BTSF Workshop on Animal health - National experts training.

  • The purpose of the workshop is to prepare animal health experts for the role that they will be expected to perform before, during and after an audit or fact finding mission.
  • Following the overview of the audit process provided on Day 1, the main part workshop content is focused on practical activities in which the national experts can expect to be involved. Given that many of the participants are likely to have undertaken this role during previous audits, a considerable portion of the workshop is dedicated to Questions and Answers sessions and to plenary discussions.

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on BTSF Regional workshop on peste des petits ruminants aimed to enhance the capacity of participants on the understanding of EU legislation on animal disease preparedness to protect against the introduction into and spread within the EU of specific animal diseases. The main objective is to enhance capacity to detect and respond to suspected PPR events in wildlife and to enhance coordination between wildlife and livestock sectors.

 Specific objective:

  • To spread knowledge and experience about the international trading system in agri-food products (WTO, SPS) and the role of international standard setting bodies, with particular focus on the work of Codex.
  • To present the current status of PPR in wildlife, guidance for the prevention and control of PPR in wildlife, disease outbreak investigation, the One Health approach and inter-sectoral coordination, laboratory diagnostics, risk analysis and the use of in-field disease surveillance tools.
  • To strengthen the capacity of countries in the region to conduct surveillance for PPR in wildlife, to conduct thorough outbreak investigations and to enhance capacity for managing PPR in wildlife.

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • DG SANTE, HaDEA, Contractor, NCPs, officials, others.
  • Invited countries: Algeria, Chad, Libia, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia
  • Representatives from the private sector

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 14/03/2022 18/03/2022 Online Morocco

(Morocco – online - being a Muslim country, the session on Friday should be as short as possible).

In the current climate of the Covid pandemic, the implementation of face-to-face workshops under the “Better Training for Safer Food” (BTSF) initiative have to take into consideration the restrictions of international travel. The programme of the workshop will therefore be organised on an online platform with as much as possible live interactions between the participants and DG SANTE/ BTSF’s tutors. 

BTSF training for National Experts on New Legislation on Animal Health.

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 [1] on transmissible animal diseases (“Animal Health Law”, AHL) which was adopted in March 2016 and entered into force on 21 April 2016 represents, together with a number of delegated and implementing rules complementing it, a new EU animal health legal framework. This new legislation will apply from 21 April 2021.

The purpose of this BTSF training is to present the contents of the AHL and the main supplementing delegated and implementing rules. The participants should become familiar with the substance, the structure, the aims and objectives of this new legislation, the changes that is bringing and practical aspects related to its effective implementation.

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of Animal Health (‘Animal Health Law’), OJ L 84, 31.3.2016, p. 1

BTSF conference on New Legislation on Animal Health.

Regulation (EU) 2016/429 on transmissible animal diseases (“Animal Health Law”) [1] (AHL) which was adopted in March 2016 and entered into force on 21 April 2016 represents, together with a number of delegated and implementing rules complementing it, a new EU animal health legal framework. This new legislation will apply from 21 April 2021.

The purpose of this BTSF training is to present the contents of the AHL and the main supplementing delegated and implementing rules. The participants should become familiar with the substance, the structure, the aims and objectives of this new legislation, the changes that is bringing and practical aspects related to its effective implementation [1] Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on transmissible animal diseases and amending and repealing certain acts in the area of animal health (‘Animal Health Law’), OJ L 84, 31.3.2016, p. 1.