Organisation and Implementation of Training Activities on the use of Union Information Management Systems for Official Controls in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Fields (IMSOC - 2017.96.08)

General Information: 

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.

Targeted Public: 

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:


  • Relevancy to daily work: participants should have a technical background related to the area of training. It should be clear that the training activity will improve their daily work.
  • Sufficient level of language: in order to ensure the transfer of knowledge and opportunities to exchange views, participants should master the language of the training session for which they applied
  • Ability to share their experience: priority will be given to participants whose working position will allow sharing with colleagues the outputs of the training session.
  • Dissemination of training material: commitment of the participants to disseminate the gathered information during the training session

Who We Are: 


Leading company: Agriconsulting Europe S.A.                                     

Partner: AETS

Training Calendar: 
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 01-05 March 2021 Online  English  AESA
Session 13 26 - 30 April 2021 Online  English with interpretation into Turkish AESA
Session 1   29  – 3 Nov/Dece. 2021 Online                             English                                                        AESA                         
Session 2   24-28 January 2022       Online                                    English                                                  AESA                        
Session 3   28 March – 1 April 2022 Online                                    English                                                      


Session 4   2 - 7 May 2022               Online                                   English                                                       AESA                   
Session 5   27 June – 1 July 2022   Online                                    English                                                     


Session 6    19-23 September 2022  Online                                    English                                                      AESA               
Session 7    10 - 14 October 2022   Online                                    English                                                      AESA                     
Session 8    7-11 November 2022   Online                                    English                                                      AESA                      
Session 9    5 – 9 December 2022  Online                                    English                                                      AESA                     
Session 10  16 - 20 January 2023   Online                                    English                                                      AESA                      
Session 11  20 - 24 February 2023  Online                                    English                                                      AESA                     
Session 12  27 – 31 March 2023     Online                                    English                                                      AESA