The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Crisis management-inter-sectoral simulation exercises in Food Sector are:

  • Improving preparedness and response planning for crisis situations through testing procedures in place at national (contingency plans) and EU level (e.g. the crisis general plan
  • Ensuring coherence, interoperability and coordination between the local, national and EU level
  • Ensuring interaction between Member States and with international partners concerned by using the appropriate channels
  • Ensuring coordination between the competent authority and other stakeholders at national level
  • Guaranteeing coordination of risk communication at local, national and EU level
  • Improving preparedness to communication and decision-making challenges in crisis situations, such as e.g. deciding when to communicate, how to handle uncertainty when communicating and how to balance scientific assessments vs political evaluation, trade, economic impact, consumer confidence and public health


The course addresses the following topics:

  • Crisis management coordination and response in the food and feed sectors: institutional and legal framework
  • iRASFF and multi-country outbreaks
  • EpiPulse and EWRS
  • The joint EFSA-ECDC Rapid Outbreak Assessments

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.

  • Participants from the Competent Authority in the field of Food Safety or Public Health.  When possible, each country should provide the participant from: food safety / public health / crisis coordination 
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the public health sector or official control on food safety;
  • Be part of the Competent authority responsible for the investigation and/or management of foodborne outbreaks

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 15/02/2022 17/02/2022 Online Zoom Online Zoom
2 28/03/2022 30/03/2022 Online Zoom Online Zoom
3 25/04/2022 27/04/2022 Online Zoom Online Zoom

BTSF Training Programme on Inter-sectoral simulation exercises on multi-country foodborne incidents

The overall aim of the exercises is to strengthen EU Member States, other EEA countries (Norway, Iceland) and Switzerland capacities to deliver a coordinated response to a serious food safety incident that affects them.

BTSF Training Programme on Outbreak preparedness and management in food.

The overall objective is:

  • To increase knowledge of Competent Authorities and field inspectors on preparedness and management on foodborne outbreaks, in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation.

Target audience

  • Officials with minimum 3 years of professional experience in public health sector or official control on food safety.
  • Competent authority responsible for investigation and/or management of foodborne outbreaks.
  • Experience in surveillance systems to early detect foodborne outbreak.
  • Experience in traceability investigation.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 03/12/2019 06/12/2019 Barcelona Spain
2 03/03/2020 06/03/2020 Voorshoten  The Netherlands
3 14/09/2021 16/09/2021 Online Online
4 05/10/2021 07/10/2021 Online Online
5 09/11/2021 11/11/2021 Online Online
6 14/12/2021 16/12/2021 Online Online
7 22/02/2022 24/02/2022 Online Online
8 15/03/2022 17/03/2022 Online Online
9 TBD TBD Online Online
10 TBD TBD Online Online