The "Better Training for Safer Food" (BTSF) is an initiative of the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General (DG SANTE) aimed at organising a European Union (EU) training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules.
The BTSF programme is designed predominantly to train staff of competent authorities of EU Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of EU law in the areas specified above and to ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States. However, it is also essential that non-EU countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU standards and import requirements. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU is also available to participants from non-EU countries and specific training activities are organised for non-EU country participants on the spot.
Duration phase 1: 2018-2020
Number of events: 12 three-days events
Expected number of participants: approximately 30 supported participants for each workshop.
The objective of the training is to continue cooperation activities on information management systems at international level with a view to further raise awareness and contribute to a better understanding and more efficient use of existing EU SPS information management systems by the competent authorities and other stakeholders in non-EU countries. It will also aim to facilitate their integration as active users in these systems and in the specific case of the TRACES system, support them in adapting it, in accordance with the principles used at EU level by this system, for the exchange of information both inside the country and between countries located in the same geographical region.
Be officers of the National Competent Authority, relevant Government Ministries or Inspection services involved in the certification process for goods exported to the EU of the following categories:
- Live animals and products of animal origin
- Live plants and propagating material
- Organic products
- Catch certificates for fishery products (only once the relevant module is implemented in TRACES)
Be officers of the National Competent Authority, relevant Government Ministries or Inspection services involved in the certification process for goods traded at regional level between non-EU countries.
The training programme is open to participants whose application was received from the BTSF National Contact Points of their country - through the selection process described hereunder.
The profiles of the applicants should respect the following criteria:
|Session||Date||Place||Language of the session||Implementing Partner|
|Session 1||27-30 November 2018||Accra, Ghana||English with interpretation into Portuguese||AESA|
|Session 2||5-8 February 2019||Lilongwe, Malawi||English||AESA|
|Session 3||26-29 March 2019||Bangkok, Thailand||English||AETS|
|Session 4||7-10 May 2019||Kiev, Ukraine||English with interpretation into Russian||AESA|
|Session 5||18-21 June 2019||Beirut, Lebanon||English with interpretation into French||AESA|
|Session 6||9-12 September 2019||Dakar, Senegal||French||AESA|
|Session 7||1-4 October 2019||San José, Costa Rica||Spanish||AESA|
|Session 8||5-8 November 2019||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Spanish||AESA|
|Session 9||3-6 December 2019||Bangalore, India||English||AETS|
|Session 10||28-31 January 2020||Kigali, Rwanda||English with interpretation into French||AESA|
|Session 11||3-6 March 2020||Casablanca, Morocco||French||AETS|
|Session 12||suspended due to COVID||Nadi, Fiji||English with interpretation into French||AESA|