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   The Food and Veterinary Office - Country Profiles

Country Profiles


The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), a directorate of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission, works to assure effective control systems and to evaluate compliance with EU standards in the areas of food and feed safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health. It does this mainly by carrying out inspections and audits in Member States.

What is a country profile?

A country profile is a compilation of key information for each Member State used by the Commission to support its monitoring and enforcement activities.

The country profile includes

  • The five most recently published FVO inspection and audit reports
  • The Commission's assessment of the actions taken by the Member States in response to its audits and inspections
  • An overview of how control systems are organised in the Member States, based on information supplied by them
  • The Member States' production, consumption and trade of food, animals and plants
  • Some links to Member States' websites
Why have country profiles?

Each country profile provides a horizontal, country-based overview which:

  • facilitates the conduct of audits and inspections
  • supports the systematic follow up of recommendations in FVO reports
  • helps to identify the main strengths and weaknesses of each national control system
  • assists the overall prioritisation of FVO audits, inspections and other monitoring activities
  • serves as a basic source of background information for stakeholders

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