The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on EU internal plant movement regime are:

  • Provide knowledge for a common and understanding of new EU plant health regime
  • Increase the level of expertise with regard to the rules introduced by the new PHR
  • Improve the level of consistency of their implementation across the EU
  • Foster a correct, harmonised, and unambiguous understanding across MS
  • Favour exchange of information and experience amongst MS
  • Disseminate best practices for official controls in the plant health area
  • Facilitate the transition to the new PHR

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • International and EU Legal framework
  • New Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (PHR)
  • Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 (OCR)
  • EU Internal Plant Movement Regulation Overview
  • Introduction Professional Operators
  • Registration of Professional Operators
  • Authorization of Professional Operators and issue of Plant Passports
  • Obligations and Control of authorised Professional Operators
  • Pest risk management plans
  • Introduction Plant Passports
  • Regulated plant material
  •  Use, Content and Format of the Plant Passport
  • Internal control and inspection
  • Interception and outbreaks linked with plant passporting

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.

  • Representatives from relevant competent authorities involved in policy making, planning and control activities (preferably at central or regional level)
  • Field inspectors involved in official control activities
  • Official staff and inspectors involved in import controls or in charge of planning/targeting import controls
  • Advisable: “hands-on” experience
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Compromised to disseminate the learnings gained and to inform via a survey on which are the dissemination activities implemented
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Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 18/10/2021 22/10/2021 Virtual Class -
2 13/12/2021 17/12/2021 Virtual Class -
3 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
4 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
5 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
6 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed

BTSF EU Training Programme on Plant Health Surveys

  • The objective is to provide a clear and harmonised understanding of the key elements of the relevant International Standards (in particular International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 6, 8 and 31) and best practices for planning surveys, in particular defining their objectives and statistical basis, their implementation and their reporting.
  • The course should also cover the application, documentation and reporting requirements for the Commission Work Programme.

Background information

The BTSF Training Programme on Plant health surveys overall objectives is:

  • To provide a clear and harmonised understanding of the key elements of the relevant International Standards (in particular International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 6, 8 and 31) and best practices for planning surveys, in particular defining their objectives and statistical basis, their implementation and their reporting. The course should also cover the application, documentation and reporting requirements for the Commission Work Programme.

Target audience

BTSF training courses are provided free of charge for government officials engaged in food and feed safety inspection of selected countries, appointed by their government.

Business operators and other government officials from other countries can also participate in training courses shall free places be available shall the Commission deem it appropriate. These participants must cover the costs of their participation (transport, hotel, catering, etc.). Please check the BTSF Non EU section for more information on courses outside the EU.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 20/09/2021 24/09/2021 Virtual Virtual
2 18/10/2021 22/10/2021
Virtual Virtual
3 06/12/2021 10/12/2021 Virtual Virtual
4 17/01/2022 21/01/2022 Virtual Virtual
5 14/02/2022 18/02/2022Virtual Virtual
6 14/03/202217/03/2022 Milan/Virtual Italy/Virtual
7 04/04/2022 07/04/2022 Munich/Virtual Germany/Virtual
8 16/05/2022 19/05/2022 t.b.c t.b.c
(subsequent dates and locations must still be decided)

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on New EU plant health regime are:

  • Provide knowledge for a common and understanding of new EU plant health regime
  • Increase the level of expertise with regard to the rules introduced by the new PHR
  • Improve the level of consistency of their implementation across the EU
  • Foster a correct, harmonised, and unambiguous understanding across MS
  • Favour exchange of information and experience amongst MS
  • Disseminate best practices for official controls in the plant health area
  • Facilitate the transition to the new PHR

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • International and EU Legal framework
  • Introduction to (New) Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (PHR)
  • New PHR - Introduction Better protection and proactive action
  • Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 (OCR)
  • OCR Implementing and Delegated Acts
  • Pest Concepts and Categorization
  • Import Control Regime
  • Practical elements for Import control
  • Wood Packaging Material (WPM)
  • Surveillance
  • Outbreaks Management
  •  Overview Relevant HO for agriculture and horticulture
  • Overview Relevant HO for forestry, natural environments
  •  Internal Movement Regime
  • Internal Controls Practical
  • Measures and Certification for Export
  • Information campaigns. Stakeholders and Citizens
  • Notification and Information of findings

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.

  • Representatives from relevant competent authorities involved in policy making, planning and control activities (preferably at central or regional level)
  • Field inspectors involved in official control activities
  • Official staff and inspectors involved in import controls or in charge of planning/targeting import controls
  • Advisable: “hands-on” experience
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Compromised to disseminate the learnings gained and to inform via a survey on which are the dissemination activities implemented

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 01/10/2021 01/08/2021 Virtual Class -
2 08/11/2021 15/11/2021 Virtual Class -
3 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
4 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
5 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
6 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
7 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed
8 to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed to be confirmed

BTSF EU Training Programme on Plant Health Controls: Learning Materials

The overall objective is:

  • To increasing knowledge and providing for a common and unambiguous understanding of EU legislation and its' correct and harmonized implementation across the EU.
  • Furthermore, it should allow the exchange of information and experience amongst MS and increase the efficacy of plant health services.

Therefore, the objectives of the training are addressed to improve understanding, exchange knowledge, national approaches and best practices on Plant Health Controls.

Background information

The BTSF Training Programme on Plant health Controls overall objectives is:

  • To increasing knowledge and providing for a common and unambiguous understanding of EU legislation and its' correct and harmonized implementation across the EU. Furthermore, it should allow the exchange of information and experience amongst MS and increase the efficacy of plant health services. Therefore, the objectives of the training are addressed to improve understanding, exchange knowledge, national approaches and best practices on Plant Health Controls

Target audience

The training course is mainly addressed to:

  • Course 1 (IMP): Officials involved in import controls or in charge of planning/targeting import controls.
  • Course 2 (NTFP): Officials who control imported WPM and non-timber forest products, and/or supervising the treatment and marking of WPM or in charge of planning/implementation of official controls on WPM and non-timber forest products.
  • Course 3a and 3b (HO-AH and HO-FNEU): Official staff responsible (or responsible official bodies) in charge of organising and implementing harmful organism outbreak control and surveys of harmful organism.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 20/01/2020 24/01/2020 Bari Italy
2 24/02/2020 28/02/2020 Valencia Spain
3 26/04/2021 04/05/2021 Course 2 NTFP Session 1 - Virtual Course Not aplicable
4 24/05/2021 01/06/2021 Course 3b HO-FNEU Session 1 - Virtual Course Not aplicable
5 22/06/2021 30/06/2021 Course 1 IMPORTS Session 2 - Virtual Course Not aplicable
6 09/09/2021 17/09/2021 Course 3a HO-AH Session 2 - Virtual Course Not aplicable
7 25/10/2021 03/11/2021 Course 1 IMPORTS Session 3 - Virtual Course Not aplicable
8 11/11/2021 19/11/2021 Course 3a HO-AH Session 3 - Virtual Course Not aplicable
9 13/12/2021 21/12/2021 Course 3b HO-FNEU Session 2 - Virtual course Not aplicable
10 31/01/2022  04/02/2022 Course 3b HO-FNEU Session 3 - Munich Germany
 11 21/02/2022 25/02/2022  Course 1 IMPORTS Session 3 - Marseille France
 12 07/03/2022 11/03/2022 Course 3a HO-AH Session 4 - A Coruña
Spain
 13 25/04/2022 29/04/2022 Course 2 NTFP Session 2 - Tallinn
Estonia
 14 09/05/2022 13/05/2022  Course 3b HO-FNEU Session 4 - Nice France

Background Information

The Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) carries out audits of the controls implemented by competent authorities on a broad number of topics. These include the implementation of EU legislation relating to import controls and EU legislation in relation to Pesticides and Plant Health.

To increase or supplement the expertise of the audit teams, they in most cases, include a Member State expert in the topic at hand. Having Member State representatives ("national experts") included, also serves the purpose of increasing the knowledge and confidence amongst Member States of and in each other's control systems, the controls of the products imported into the EU and the auditing work of the Commission.

Finally, it is also hoped that it will further the sharing of good practices across Member States. The event aims to provide training to National Experts in the above fields.