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 Plant Health.

Background information

The BTSF EU 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 BTSF EU 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 EU section for more information on courses outside the EU.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country Language Registration deadline
1 20/01/2020 24/01/2020 Bari Italy EN 10-01-20
2 24/02/2020 28/02/2020 Valencia Spain EN 18-01-20
3 20/04/2020 24/04/2020 Tallinn Estonia EN 15-03-20
4 25/05/2020 29/05/2020 Santiago de Compostela Spain EN 15-04-20
5 14/09/2020 18/09/2020 A Coruña Spain EN 03-08-20
6 5/10/2020 9/10/2020 Riga Latvia EN 05-09-20
7 26/10/2020 30/10/2020 Bari Italy EN 15-09-20
8 16/11/2020 20/11/2020 Nice France EN 05-10-20
1/02/2021 5/02/2021 Santiago de Compostela Spain EN 20-12-20
10 22/02/2021 26/02/2021 Marseille France EN 18-01-21
11  8/03/2021 12/03/2021 Munich Germany EN 31-01-21
12 12/04/2021 16/04/2021 Tallinn Estonia EN 01-03-21
13  26/04/2021 30/04/2021 Naples Italy EN 07-03-21
14 17/05/2021 21/05/2021 Valencia Spain EN 10-04-21

Background information

The BTSF EU 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

The BTSF EU 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 EU section for more information on courses outside the EU.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 19/02/2019 22/02/2019 Porto Portugal
2 08/04/2019 11/04/2019 Bari Italy
3 10/06/2019 13/062019 Munich Germany
4 16/09/2019 19/09/2019 Bucharest Romania
5 04/11/2019 07/11/2019 Bari Italy
6 09/12/2019 12/12/2019 Bucharest Romania
7 03/02/2020 06/02/2020 Porto Portugal
8 02/03/2020 05/03/2020 Munich Germany

Background information

The BTSF EU Training Programme on PPP: Toxicological risk assesment (Human health) overall objectives are: 

  • At the end the trainee should be improved in his/her cognitive skills, knowledge and comprehension of the difference between hazard and risk and the general rules for the risk evaluation.
  • At the end the trainee knows aspects related either to the assessment evaluation process of chemicals then the management requirements.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Module 1
    • General approaches to risks evaluation. Difference between hazard and risk and the risk assessment evaluation approach: effects evaluation, exposure assessment, the significance of the relationship between effects and exposure, the importance of risk characterization.
    • General approaches to defining end points and other criteria related to intrinsic characteristic of the active ingredients and the dose that could express an effect on human.
    • General approaches to defining the chemical and physical characteristic leading an understanding of the fate and behaviour of a pesticide active ingredient and the movement of a chemicals and to predict a concentration (exposure) in different environmental compartments after its distribution.
    • The differences between Point Source Contamination and Diffuse Source Contamination.
  • Module 2
    • The EU legislative framework on pesticide risk evaluation and sustainability including the pesticide package, information on IPM and the different methodologies available and the link with other regulations as the WFD (the Directive 2000/60/EC).
    • An analysis and exchange on risk assessment methodologies applied at national level for the assessment of plant protection products and authorizations process will be performed.
    • Participants will be asked, after the confirmation of the course participation, to respond to a questionnaire prepared by the trainers’ staff, on this subject in order to share the data that will emerge and discuss the differences between the various approaches, and the limit of harmonization.
  • Module 3
    • Human exposure evaluation and mitigation measure for different target.
    • Option to refine the modelling assumptions from conservative default parameters to more realistic conditions.
    • General approaches for Consumer risk exposure assessment, current state of knowledge and tools.
    • General approaches for occupational exposure assessment to pesticides, current state of knowledge and outlook for prevention and protection including Pesticide Protection Equipment. Evaluation of different sources of exposure and procedures for the legal and safe:
    • Storage and handling of plant protection products, the preparation of the mixture, washing of containers and equipment after treatment, disposal of wastewater and packaging, following the “on farm life circle management” and the MagPie toolbox of measure where available.
    • General approach on non-occupational exposure. As a consequence of the Sustainable Use Directive, Member States are required to develop specific measures to minimize also non-occupational exposure to pesticides others than consumer. The EFSA model and the recent Scientific Opinion of the PPR Panel on the follow-up of the findings of the External Scientific Report “Literature review of epidemiological studies linking exposure to pesticides and health effects” will be presented and discussed.
    • Pesticide label reading and label mitigation measure evaluation, safe and risk phrases.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 04/11/2019 06/11/2019 Athens Greece
2 02/03/2020 04/03/2020 Athens Greece

Background information

The BTSF EU Training Programme on PPP: Eco-toxicological risk assessment overall objectives is: 

  • At the end the trainee should be improved in his/her cognitive skills, knowledge and comprehension of the difference between hazard and risk and the general rules for the ecotoxicological risk evaluation.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Module 1
    • General approaches to risks evaluation: difference between hazard and risk and the pesticide risk assessment evaluation approach, effects evaluation on non-target organism, exposure assessment, the significance of the relationship between effects and exposure, the importance of risk characterization.
    • General approaches and current state of knowledge to defining end points and other criteria related to intrinsic characteristic of the active ingredients and the dose that could express an effect on humans and non-target organism.
    • General approaches on chemical, physical characteristic that influence the fate of a chemical and current state of knowledge on multimedia fate models to define and to understand the fate and behavior of a pesticide active ingredient and to predict a concentration in soil air and water (exposure).
    • General approach in defining the non-target organism, the food chain, the bioaccumulation and biomagnification, the ecosystems and examples of risk characterization.
    • The exposure sources: Point Source Contamination and Diffuse Source Contamination.
  • Module 2
    • The EU legislative framework on pesticide risk evaluation and sustainability including the pesticide package, information on IPM and the different methodologies available and the link with other regulations as the WFD (the Directive 2000/60/EC).
    • An analysis and exchange on risk assessment methodologies applied at national level for the assessment of plant protection products and authorizations process will be performed. Participants will be asked, after the confirmation of the course participation, to respond to a questionnaire prepared by the trainers’ staff, on this subject in order to share the data that will emerge and discuss the differences between the various approaches, and the limit of harmonization.
  • Module 3
    • Evaluation of the exposure and the mitigation measure applicable.
    • The decision supporting systems available to prevent environmental contamination after a pesticide treatment and the comparative management assessment.
    • Diagnostic tools of run off in different contexts.
    • Drift diagnosis tools: machine calibration and SDRT related reduction percentages from MAgPie and Mitigation Measure for drift limitation in different contexts.
    • Level of risk reduction degree of the principal mitigation measure applied in risk assessment to obtain safe use and the link with MAgPie evaluation.
    • Pesticide label reading and mitigation measure label evaluation, safe and risk phrases.
    • Inventory of the mitigation measure in MAgPie, the evaluation of their efficacy taking into account the additional effect of more than one mitigation, the diversity of the tools developed and implemented throughout European countries, as well as the number of regulatory frameworks to which they relate or with which they may overlap.
    • An analysis and exchange on the mitigation measure applicability in different context will be developed. A case study will be presented and working group will be organized in order to analyse different situation in different context and culture.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 24/06/2019 28/06/2019 Aveiro Portugal
2 03/05/2020 07/05/2020 Aveiro Portugal

Background information

The BTSF EU Training Programme on PPP: Risk assessment of efficacy of plant protection products overall objectives are: 

  • At the end of the Module 1 the trainees should be improved in his/her ability to evaluate realistic uses of a representative plant protection product using the available data and the principles of biological extrapolation.
  • At the end of the Module 2 the trainees should be improved in his/her knowledge on the latest EPPO standard PP1/296(1) Principles of efficacy harmonization of assessment of the potential risk of resistance development.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Module 1- General principles of the efficacy evaluation of plant protection products in the framework of the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, practical guidance and discussion on the efficacy evaluation of PPPs:
    • Introduction to the efficacy evaluation of plant protection products (PPPs).
    • Regulatory framework.
    • Principles of acceptable efficacy.
    • Zonal assessment of PPPs.
    • Minor uses and biological extrapolations.
  • Module 2- Harmonization among members state Principles of efficacy evaluation for low-risk plant protection products and related regulatory aspects.
    • Harmonized dose expression for the zonal evaluation of plant protection products.
    • Resistance risk analysis.
    • Biopesticides and low risk Plant Protection Products.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 03/06/2019 05/06/2019 Todi Italy
2 15/06/2020 17/06/2020 Todi Italy

Background information

The BTSF EU Training Programme on PPP: Environmental fate and behavior in soil, water and air overall objectives are: 

  • The purpose of the program is aimed to the provision of training and knowledge on the topics required under Directive 2009/128/EC, where Member States shall ensure that all professional users and distributors have access to appropriate training systems provided by bodies designated by the competent authorities.For this reason each course is divided in three modules: the legal requirements, the safe use and environmental aspects and sustainable use of PPPs.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Module 1- General approaches to risks evaluation: difference between hazard and risk and the pesticide risk assessment evaluation approach, effects evaluation on non-target organism, exposure assessment, the significance of the relationship between effects and exposure, the importance of risk characterization.
    • General approaches and current state of knowledge to defining end points and other criteria related to intrinsic characteristic of the active ingredients and the dose that could express an effect on humans and non-target organism.
    • General approaches on chemical, physical characteristic that influence the fate of a chemical and current state of knowledge on multimedia fate models to define and to understand the fate and behavior of a pesticide active ingredient and to predict a concentration in soil air and water (exposure).
  • Module 2- The EU legislative framework on pesticide risk evaluation and sustainability including the pesticide package, information on IPM and the different methodologies available and the link with other regulations as the WFD (the Directive 2000/60/EC).
    • An analysis and exchange on risk assessment methodologies applied at national level for the assessment of plant protection products and authorizations process will be performed Participants will be asked, after the confirmation of the course participation, to respond to a questionnaire prepared by the trainers’ staff, on this subject in order to share the data that will emerge and discuss the differences between the various approaches, and the limit of harmonization.
  • Module 3 - Exposure refinement and mitigation measure applicable.
    • Option to refine the modelling assumptions from conservative default parameters to more realistic conditions.
    • The integration of models and geographical information systems (GIS) for a better calibration of the procedure and the validation of exposure prediction and risk assessment.
    • level of risk reduction degree of the principal mitigation measure applied in risk assessment to obtain safe use and the link with MAgPie evaluation.
    • Inventory of the mitigation measure in MAgPie, the evaluation of their efficacy taking into account the additional effect of more than one mitigation, the diversity of the tools developed and implemented throughout European countries, as well as the number of regulatory frameworks to which they relate or with which they may overlap.
    • An analysis and exchange on the mitigation measure applicability in different context will be developed. A case study will be presented and working group will be organized to analyse different situation in different context and culture.

Target audience

  • Official control activities.
  • Risk assessors.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 09/09/2019 13/09/2019 Mechelen Belgium

Background information

The 2006 Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of pesticides led to a new legislative framework for the approval and use of pesticides. As part of this strategy, Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council was adopted on 21 October (named SUD), establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides. The EC has been closely following implementation of SUD at MSs level. Considerable progress has been made and nowadays all MSs have adopted their NAPs. Though, the assessment outcomes disclose MSs Implementation under the SUD indicates there is a huge diversity in their completeness and coverage and MSs should improve their plans, as for example, should include measurable targets, in order to provide a clear picture of the extent of SUD implementation. Special interest and ambitions are focused on the application and assessment of IPM principles and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides in order to reduce dependency on the use of pesticides. MSs have not yet set clear criteria in order to ensure that the general principles of IPM are implemented by all professional users. Compliance with the principles of IPM at individual grower level is not being systematically checked. To continue moving towards the better implementation of sustainable use practices and directive provisions, training for the actors involved in developing policies and guidelines, control monitoring and reporting activities is addressed as key toll and a priority for the EC efforts.

Objectives

The BTSF EU Training Programme on Integrated pest management overall objectives are: 

  • Up-to-date with all aspects of the Directive 2009/128/EC, on Sustainable Use of Pesticides, with a focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aiming at improving the understanding of the IPM concept and IPM schemes moving towards development of criteria for assessment of IPM implementation at farm level.
  • Specific objectives of the training:
    • To increase knowledge on the sustainable use of pesticides context and strategies.
    • To enhance the knowledge on associated legal framework and requirements with special focus in the specific measures and provisions for the IPM.
    • To increase the efficacy in the implementation National Action Plans (NAPs) measures.
    • To identify gaps, difficulties and challenges like the improvement of measurable targets.
    • To improve the knowledge and resources for the application and assessment of IPM principles.
    • To improve the compliance of IPM at individual grower level.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Legal framework: requirements.
  • MSs compared implementation, strategies and measures, knowledge sharing, best practices.
  • Integrated Pest Management principles, practices and methods.
  • MSs approaches, knowledge exchange and best practices.
  • Integrated Pest Management systems and pest control methods for specific relevant crop/group according IPM Guidelines.
  • Integrated Pest Management assessment at farm level: practices, inspection procedures, check-lists.

Target audience

  • Representatives from central competent authorities involved in developing policies, drafting instructions/guidelines at national level, including crop specific IPM guidelines, co-ordination of control and reporting activities.
  • Representatives from provincial/regional/local competent authorities involved in official controls at farm level (phytosanitary/plant protection authorities, paying agencies and/or control/certification bodies).
  • Representatives from research institutes, demonstration farms.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 11/02/2019 14/02/2019 Delf Netherlands
2 18/03/2019 21/03/2019 Bari Italy
3 01/04/2019 04/04/2019 Prague Czech Rep
4 06/05/2019 09/05/2019 Toulouse France
5 27/05/2019 30/05/2019 Hamburg Germany
6 24/06/2019 27/06/2019 Bologna Italy
7 07/10/2019 10/10/2019 Riga Latvia
8 11/11/2019 14/11/2019 Valencia Spain
9 17/02/2020 20/02/2020 Delf Netherlands
10 30/03/2020 02/04/2020 Toulouse France
11 27/04/2020 30/04/2020 Berlin Germany
12 18/05/2020 21/05/2020 Riga Latvia
13 08/06/2020 11/06/2020 Malaga Spain

Background information

The general objective of BTSF is to ensure a high level of consumer protection at the EU market and provide guarantees of the food from Third countries.

In order to achieve this objective BTSF programme is designed predominantly to train staff of competent authorities of the EU Member States involved in official control activities, offering an adequate network and enhance dialogue between trainees coming from different locations within EU and with trainees from outside the European Union, contributing to exchange experiences and raise the level of knowledge in the technical field covered.

In addition, training on inspection and calibration of pesticide application equipment aims at promoting uniformity of inspection procedures, ensure an adequate use of the technology, and establish professional networking among participants.

Training activities on inspection and calibration of plant protection product application equipment in professional use have been arranged in compliance with the provisions of Directive 2009/128/EC under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative. Six three-day courses will be organized in 2019 and 2020 at the selected locations to train 120 official representatives of the EU MS and Candidate Countries.

Objectives

The BTSF EU Training Programme on Inspection and calibration of plant protection product application equipment overall objectives are: 

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of EU regulations concerning inspection and calibration of pesticides application equipment (Sustainable Use Directive, Machine Directive, ISO standards for inspection of PAEs, ISO standards for new sprayer’s requirements, etc.).
  • Ensure a complete and better understanding on the field of inspections and calibrations of PAEs.
  • Provide main guidelines and clear procedures on important aspects of calibration and maintenance of PAEs.
  • Promote uniformity and harmonization of inspection procedures along MS of UE and networking among participants.
  • Demonstrate the benefits (technical, economic and environmental) of the inspection procedure together with a proper calibration method.
  • Ensure a harmonized, practical and suitable training process for staff in charge of the organization of inspector’s training activities in Europe.
  • Keep participants updated with the latest developments in the spray application technologies.
  • Sharing country’s experiences and knowledge.

Content

Topics included in the program are mainly focused on related with the mandatory inspection of sprayers in use in EU and also the important aspects related with calibration of the sprayers. According to the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) (128/2009/CE) as official procedure of the inspections, the situation of new ISO standards, administrative procedure, technical requirements and differences among EU members should be addressed during the three days courses. Linked to that, and also following the SUD statement concerning calibration of sprayers, aspects as nozzle selection process, determination of the optimal volume rate, drift reduction and good agricultural practices will be included. Precision agriculture has been also included as a part of the program, giving to the attendants some guidelines about the state of the art and possibilities of the use of new technologies to improve the pesticide application process. The program has been organized in a logical order combining administrative, technical and practical aspects. Workshops, discussion sessions and case studies have been selected and programmed to make more attractive and profitable the course for the attendants.

According to the mandatory topics specified in the official call published by DG SANTÉ, the following topics will be addressed during the 3-day training course (2 full days and 2 half days):

  • Introduction about EU framework legislation related to PAE.
  • PAE inspections: state of play in the EU.
  • Practical introduction about PAE.
  • Application of ISO standards for inspections.
  • Equipment for inspection of sprayers.
  • Inspection procedure and equipment for inspections.
  • Methodologies applied in MS concerning inspections.
  • Full inspection procedure following ISO 16122-1&2 (boom sprayers).
  • Full inspection procedure following ISO 16122-1&3 (orchard sprayers)
  • Full inspection procedure of alternative PAE (knapsacks, hand held…) .
  • Users level of PAE: calibration, maintenance, preparation and operation.
  • Calibration process in the field – use of new developed tools for calibration.
  • Inspection and calibration of PAE.
  • Hand held PAE and knapsacks sprayers. Specific risk and calibration.
  • Calibration tools and procedures for hand held sprayers.
  • Discussion about inspection procedure and calibration.
  • Personal protective equipment. Proper use, requirements, maintenance.
  • “TOPPS-WATER PROTECTION” – Best Management Practices.
  • Organization of inspection program. Data management. National standards applied in MS.
  • How to deal with inspection process of other PAE.
  • Inspector’s training organization.
  • Design and organization of an inspector’s training program.
  • Derogations applied in MS regarding the need of inspections of certain PAE. Risk assessment.
  • Evaluation and classification of PAE according environmental contamination.
  • STEP WATER/EOS -Sprayer technology – Protecting water.
  • New technologies for a better spray application process. Precision farming.
  • EU projects -INNOSETA, OPTIMA.
  • Drones in agriculture. Potential uses for crop care.
  • After training test – Evaluation of the attendants as a group.
  • General conclusions -Results before/after training tests.
  • Closing of the training.

Target audience

Staff of competent authorities involved in official control activities from the EU Member States, potential candidate countries and EFTA/EEA.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 26/11/2019 29/11/2019 Montpellier France
2 04/02/2020 07/02/2020 Barcelona Spain
3 05/05/2020 08/05/2020 Skierniewice Poland
4 07/07/2020 10/07/2020 Braunschweig Germany
5 20/10/2020 23/10/2020 Torino Italy
6 01/12/2020 04/12/2020 Wageningen The Netherlands