Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - eLearning module

This e-Learning course is aimed at allowing participants to improve their knowledge and skills in:

  • EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (recent developments and aspects of Food Law, food hygiene, food control rules and other relevant legislation).
  • Requirements for setting up a RASFF network inside a country, including required level of food and feed controls.
  • Organisational structure of competent authorities.
  • Legal basis and communication needs.
  • Requirements for setting up a regional network of countries exchanging rapid alerts about Food and Feed, including the possibility for exchange of information, required legal basis for the system, transparency and confidentiality requirements and notification follow-up.

Features

365 days access
  • Average dedication: 8 hours
Online
  • 6 Units
  • Self-Paced
  • Multimedia
Available in:
  • English

How to Register

  • Check the NCPs Contact List for details and links to more detailed information.
  • If you are an governmental Official, from a EU Member State or from an invited Non-EU country, you can apply to the available eLearning courses, via the BTSF Online Application Form. In case you have any questions about the selection criteria, please consult with the relevant National Contact Point.
  • If you are an EU Official and wish to participate in a BTSF eLearning course, please write to HADEA-BTSF-ACADEMY-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu from your official mailbox (name.surname@ec.europa.eu), to request registration.
  • For any other enquiries please send a message to HADEA-BTSF-ACADEMY-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu and the BTSF ACADEMY Team will be glad to assist you.

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
12 28/02/2022 03/03/2022 Online Online - Mexico

The objective of the BTSF training activities on 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.

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.

Content

The specific objectives of the course are:

  • To train staff involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with the use of the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).
  • Thereby, the programme will aim at ensuring a harmonised use of TRACES, taking into account the latest updates available. As TRACES is an IT tool in continuous development, the programme will also be flexible and able to adapt its contents to the new upcoming possibilities of the system. Both the private and the public sector will benefit from a more harmonised use of TRACES and a deeper knowledge on the system by staff responsible for the official controls: better cooperation with customs, statistical data available, reduction of administrative work, faster clearance of the consignment at the border, etc.

Target audience

The profiles of the applicants should respect the following criteria:

  • Be officers of the National Competent Authority, relevant Government Ministries or Inspection services involved (or that may be potentially involved) in the use of the TRACES application at:
    • Course 1: BIP level.
    • Course 2: DPE level.
    • Course 3: Inspection Post.
    • Course 4: BIP and DPE level.
    • Course 5: LVU level.
  • Be involved in the drafting or adaptation of policies and Regulations in line with Regulation (EC) 882/2004, and related to the use of TRACES.
  • Be familiar with the principles of the organic farming scheme (for course 4).
  • Be compromised to disseminate the learning’s of the training once they finalize the training session.
  • Be proficient in the language of the training (English/French according to the session).

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

The objective of the BTSF training activities on TRACES in MS - Intra-EU trade of live animals and products of animal origin 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.

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.

Content

The specific objectives of the course are:

  • To train staff involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with the use of the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).
  • Thereby, the programme will aim at ensuring a harmonised use of TRACES, taking into account the latest updates available. As TRACES is an IT tool in continuous development, the programme will also be flexible and able to adapt its contents to the new upcoming possibilities of the system. Both the private and the public sector will benefit from a more harmonised use of TRACES and a deeper knowledge on the system by staff responsible for the official controls: better cooperation with customs, statistical data available, reduction of administrative work, faster clearance of the consignment at the border, etc.

Target audience

The profiles of the applicants should respect the following criteria:

  • Be officers of the National Competent Authority, relevant Government Ministries or Inspection services involved (or that may be potentially involved) in the use of the TRACES application at:
    • Course 1: BIP level.
    • Course 2: DPE level.
    • Course 3: Inspection Post.
    • Course 4: BIP and DPE level.
    • Course 5: LVU level.
  • Be involved in the drafting or adaptation of policies and Regulations in line with Regulation (EC) 882/2004, and related to the use of TRACES.
  • Be familiar with the principles of the organic farming scheme (for course 4).
  • Be compromised to disseminate the learning’s of the training once they finalize the training session.
  • Be proficient in the language of the training (English/French according to the session).

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1E 04/04/2022 08/04/2022 VC Online
5C 02/05/2022 07/05/2022 VC Online
5A 20/06/2022 24/06/2022 TBC TBC
1F 07/11/2022 11/11/2022 TBC TBC