The Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) has now launched calls for tender related to a range of programmes within the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) initiative. These calls are aimed at identifying contractors to organise, manage and implement activities running from 2013 onwards. The deadline for submission of tenders in response to these calls is 28 September 2012.
A total of five calls have been launched, all of which are mainly for participants from EU Member States. Places on the courses are also open to participants from EU candidate countries, European Neighbourhood Policy countries and European Free Trade Association countries. On certain programmes places are also allocated to Mediterranean basin countries and selected third countries, as appropriate.
In a departure from previous years, each call is made up of one or more different work packages rather than divided into lots. This means that the contractor eventually selected will be responsible for the implementation of all of the work packages within that call.
Another change is the extension in the duration of the contacts to be concluded from two to four years. The maximum budgets for the full four-year duration of the contracts range from EUR 2.8 million to EUR 6.14 million.
Of the five calls, the first covers feed production and feed-related issues and comprises three work packages. These packages focus on animal by-products, feed law and controls on contaminants in feed and food respectively.
The second is related to training on movement of and import controls on feed, food and live animals and is made up of four work packages. These cover controls at border inspection posts, import controls on certain types of food and feed of non-animal origin, sanitary and phytosanitary aspects of the EU's Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) and control of commercial and non-commercial movement of cats and dogs.
Microbiology and food-borne outbreak management are the subjects of the third call which is divided into two work packages. The first deals with microbiological criteria in foodstuffs, while the second is focused on investigation of food-borne disease outbreaks.
The fourth call, on animal welfare, comprises a single work package with each activity within the programme focusing on a different aspect of animal welfare. These are welfare of both poultry (including laying hens and broiler chickens) and pigs, welfare at slaughter and killing for disease control and welfare during transport.
The subject of the final call is food consumption and information which is also made up of one single work package and focuses in particular on controls on food labelling requirements.
New training subjects
Four programmes which are the subjects of calls are included in the BTSF training offer for the first time. These are the courses on controls on contaminants in feed and food, commercial and non-commercial movement of dogs and cats, investigation of food-borne disease outbreaks and food consumption and information.
All together, the programmes related to the new calls will provide training for around 5 300 participants across 140 workshops. This, alongside those programmes launched in 2012 which continue into 2013, is a further demonstration of the continued expansion of BTSF.
For more information on these calls for tender, including invitations to tender, contract notices, technical specifications, annexes and other relevant documents, please visit: