About BTSF

Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) is a European Commission training initiative to improve the knowledge and implementation of EU rules covering food and feed law, animal health and welfare, as well as rules on plant health and plant protection products. The main objectives are:

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  • Ensuring and maintaining a high level of consumer protection and animal health, animal welfare and plant health;
  • Promoting a harmonised approach to the operation of Union and national control systems;
  • Creating a level playing field for all food business operators;
  • Enhancing trade of safe food;
  • Ensuring fair trade with third countries and in particular developing countries.

The European Commission sets the policy and strategy for BTSF. The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) manages all phases of BTSF training, from the launch of calls for tender, the evaluations of offers, award of contracts, and supervision of implementation. HaDEA operates the BTSF ACADEMY.

Click on these links to get further information on the course calendar, registration procedures, published reports, and the training library.

Training is designed for staff of competent authorities in Member States involved in official control activities to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Union law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and satisfactory manner.

It is also essential that non-EU countries, and in particular developing countries, are familiar with EU import requirements and, where it exists, can avail of EU support. For this purpose, appropriate training organised for Member States in the EU is open to participants from non-EU countries and specific training courses are organised for non-EU participants on the spot.

BTSF national contact points coordinate BTSF participation and liaise with the Commission services and contractors. They are designated for EU Member States, enlargement and neighbourhood countries and some non-EU countries. Competent authority staff from these countries interested in participating in training should contact their national contact point.

Other interested parties from non-EU countries should refer to the relevant contractor responsible for the activity in which they wish to take part.

BTSF follows the "train the trainers" principle: participants are required to disseminate the knowledge they have acquired amongst their colleagues. This helps to ensure consistency in the application of controls.

Article 130 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 (PDF) empowers the Commission to develop training for Member State and non-EU competent authority staff.
Last modified: Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 11:21 AM