Summary fiche

The main goal of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Chemical Risk Assessment is to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

  • Objective 1: Promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment 
  • Objective 2: Contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches
  • Objective 3: Contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments
  • Objective 4: Disseminate best practices for risk management and communication
  • Objective 5: Promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction to chemical risk assessment and its legal framework
  • Hazard Identification and Characterisation
  • Basic concepts in toxicology
  • Basic knowledge of different endpoints in toxicity studies
  • Chemicals in foods
  • Collection of consumption data
  • Collection of chemical occurrence data 
  • Exposure estimations 
  • Challenge of connecting consumption data with chemical occurrence data 
  • Short introduction to Risk Communication

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.

  • Have worked in functional areas of food chain risk assessment with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience or
  • Have had experience of setting up and implementation of food chain risk assessment in a Competent Authority (covering areas of food/ feed safety, animal health or animal welfare)

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 14/02/2022 18/02/2022 NA Online
2 24/10/2022 28/10/2022 Rome Italy
Summary fiche

The main goal of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Environmental risk assessment is to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

  • Objective 1: Promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment 
  • Objective 2: Contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches
  • Objective 3: Contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments
  • Objective 4: Disseminate best practices for risk management and communication
  • Objective 5: Promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction on environmental risk assessment (ERA) under the various EU legislation. The course will explain the basics of how to conduct ERA. In particular:
    • looking at the different aspects of the environment and environmental compartments; 
    • exercises in problem formulation to better identify the aspects of the environment that need to be protected from harm, according to environmental protection goals as set by EU legislation; 
    • how to conduct the selection of non-target organisms for risk assessment evaluation studies, and how to gather relevant evidence. It will include the application and use of statistics to the measurable endpoint results with appropriate interpretation of the biological relevance of statistically significant results; 
    • environmental exposure assessment. For each of the environmental compartments, scenario models can be selected to generate data and to link environmental exposure assessment to environmental effects; 
    • life-stage analysis. The developmental stages of wildlife are linked with their temporal and spatial distribution Life stage analysis becomes most relevant when exposure patterns are known, and one can investigate whether exposure is likely to have a detrimental effect at a specifically sensitive life stage, with subsequent population level effects, using appropriate modelling tools. 
  • Short introduction to Risk Communication.

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 must:

  • Have worked in functional areas of food chain risk assessment with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience or
  • Have had experience of setting up and implementation of food chain risk assessment in a Competent Authority (covering areas of food/ feed safety, animal health or animal welfare).

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 29/11/2021 03/12/2021 VC Online
2 14/03/2022 18/03/2022 VC Online
3 06/06/2022 10/06/2022 VC Online
4 30/01/2023 03/02/2023 Valencia Spain
Summary fiche

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Evidence collection, management and integration is to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

  • Objective 1: Promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment 
  • Objective 2:  Contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches
  • Objective 3: Contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments
  • Objective 4: Disseminate best practices for risk management and communication
  • Objective 5: Promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction to risk assessment and its legal framework
  • Expert knowledge elicitation
  • implementation of expert knowledge elicitation
  • Demonstration of the practice
  • Communication in practice

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.

  • Have worked in functional areas of food chain risk assessment with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience or
  • Have had experience of setting up and implementation of food chain risk assessment in a Competent Authority (covering areas of food/ feed safety, animal health or animal welfare)

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country Dead line
1 14/11/2022 18/11/2022 Valencia Spain 17/10/2022
2 12/12/2022 16/12/2022 Valencia Spain 11/11/2022
Summary fiche

The main objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Microbioological risk assessment is:

  • to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

The extended objectives of this training activity are:

  • To promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches.
  • To contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments.
  • To contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches.
  • To disseminate best practices for risk management and communication.
  • To promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Food intoxication versus food infection
  • Serious risk perception vs Qualified Presumption of Safety
  • Genome sequencing
  • Pathogen-product pathway
  • The disease triangle (pathogen virulence-host susceptibility-food matrix)
  • Sources of dose-response data (human volunteer feeding studies, epidemiological data, animal studies, in vitro studies)
  • Modelling dose-response relationship (types of models, selection of dose-response model)
  • Microbial processes (such as growth and inactivation of microorganisms) and food handling processes (such as cross-contamination), statistical inference
  • Qualitative and qualitative (deterministic vs. stochastic) models, simple vs. structured models
  • Uncertainty and variability in exposure assessment
  • Sensitivity analysis and “what if” scenariosRisk management aspects specifically related to microbiological risk assessment and other related issues (e.g. antimicrobial resistance, BSE and other TSE prions)
  • Risk communication

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.

  • Professional experience in national authorities and public institutions (including so called "Art. 36 of Reg. 178/2002" organisations) involved in food chain risk assessment
  • Experience in the specific field of microbiological risk assessment.
  • Experience in crisis investigation and management

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
127/01/2020 31/01/2020 Bologna Italy
231/05/202104/06/2021--ONLINE
304/07/2022 08/07/2022 Valencia Spain
Summary fiche

The main goal of the BTSF Training Programme on Pest and plant protection risk assessment is to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union. 

  • Objective 1: Promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment 
  • Objective 2: Contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches
  • Objective 3: Contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments.
  • Objective 4: Disseminate best practices for risk management and communication
  • Objective 5: Promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction to pest and plant protection risk assessment (Legal framework, Preparation of PRA, Data requirements for plant pest risk assessment and uncertainties, Plant pest initiation and categorisation)
  • Risk assessment in practice: initiation phase and pest categorization, risk assessment on the border crossings
  • Risk assessment in practice: entry, establishment and spread
  • Assessment of potential consequences
  • Risk management
  • Risk analysis and reporting
  • Risk communication and surveillance

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 must:

  • Have worked in functional areas of food chain risk assessment with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience or
  • Have had experience of setting up and implementation of food chain risk assessment in a Competent Authority (covering areas of food/ feed safety, animal health or animal welfare).

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 15/11/2021 19/11/2021 VC Online
2 11/07/2022 15/07/2022 VC Online
Summary fiche

The main objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Risk assessment applied to animal health and welfare is:

  • to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union

The extended objectives of this training activity are:

  • To promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches.
  • To contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments.
  • To contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches.
  • To disseminate best practices for risk management and communication.
  • To promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Structured four steps approach in risk assessment for importing animal diseases and animal welfare: Hazard Identification, Hazard Characterisation, Exposure assessment, Risk characterization
  • Import Risk Assessment (IRA)
  • Risk – Benefit assessment in Animal Welfare
  • Consequences associated with introduction and spread of diseases
  • Qualitative versus Quantitative assessment
  • Scenario tree models
  • Uncertainty and variability
  • Stake holder specific risk communication
  • Case study based learning

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.

  • Professional experience in national authorities and public institutions (including so called "Art. 36 of Reg. 178/2002" organisations) involved in food chain risk assessment
  • Experience in the specific field of risk assessment applied to animal health and welfare
  • Experience in crisis investigation and management

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 01/11/2021 05/11/2021 -- ONLINE
2 21/02/2022 25/02/2022 -- ONLINE
3 23/05/2022 27/05/2022 Bologna Italy
Summary fiche

The main objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Risk assessment in biotechnology is:

  • to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

The extended objectives of this training activity are:

  • To promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches.
  • To contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments.
  • To contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches.
  • To disseminate best practices for risk management and communication.
  • To promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Structured four steps approach in risk assessment for genetically modified organisms: Hazard Identification, Hazard characterization, Exposure assessment, Risk characterization
  • Principles and methods of hazard identification and characterization when applied to whole food/feed
  • Uncertainty and variability
  • Weight-of-evidence approach
  • Risk mitigation
  • Post-market monitoring
  • Environmental risk assessment (ERA) of GMOs
  • New molecular breeding techniques (RNAi, CRISPR/Cas) and their challenges for risk assessments
  • GM plants, microorganisms, animals (vertebrates) and insects
  • Synthetic biology
  • Omics as a new toolbox in risk assessment
  • Risk communication

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.

  • Professional experience in national authorities and public institutions (including so called "Art. 36 of Reg. 178/2002" organisations) involved in food chain risk assessment
  • Experience in the specific field of risk assessment in biotechnologies
  • Experience in crisis investigation and management

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 07/03/2022 11/03/2022 -- ONLINE
2 12/09/2022 16/09/2022 Valencia Spain
Summary fiche

The main objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Risk assessment in nutrition is:

  • to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union.

The extended objectives of this training activity are:

  • To promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches.
  • To contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments.
  • To contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches.
  • To disseminate best practices for risk management and communication.
  • To promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Dietary intake assessment
  • Nutrient intake assessment
  • Macro- and micronutrients
  • Dietary reference values
  • Tolerable upper intake level
  • Risk characterization
  • Reporting
  • Advance methods of intake assessment
  • Novel foods
  • Risk-benefit assessment
  • Risk communication

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.

  • Professional experience in national authorities and public institutions (including so called "Art. 36 of Reg. 178/2002" organisations) involved in food chain risk assessment
  • Experience in the specific field of risk assessment in nutrition
  • Experience in crisis investigation and management

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 01/11/2021 05/11/2021 -- ONLINE
2 13/06/2022 17/06/2022 Barcelona Spain