Calls for tender were launched during 2006 for the conclusion of contracts for the organisation, management and implementation of Community training activities to take place in 2007. These activities focus on the areas of food and feed safety, animal health and animal welfare, and plant health.
Contracts have now been awarded to contractors, who have undertaken to organise, manage and implement these activities. The courses cater for around 3 000 participants over 62 training events and nine periods of sustained training and assistance.
Twelve training programmes are to be implemented during 2007. Of these, eight are to be carried out in the EU and four in third countries. They are, in particular, aimed at staff of competent authorities of Member States involved in official controls, and participants from selected third countries.
The eight training courses taking place in the EU cover:
- Training workshops on HACCP
- A training workshop on best practices for veterinary checks in airport border inspection posts
- A training workshop on best practices for veterinary checks in seaport border inspection posts
- Training workshops on EU standards relating to animal by-products
- A training workshop on welfare standards concerning the stunning and killing of animals (in slaughterhouses or disease control situations)
- Training workshops on monitoring and controls of zoonoses and applying microbiological criteria in foodstuffs
- Training workshops on controls on food contact materials
- A training workshop and a follow-up meeting on the evaluation and registration of plant protection products
The four training courses taking place in third countries cover:
- Sustained training and assistance in developing strategies for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease control;
- Third country workshops on EU standards for fishery and aquaculture products, residues and contaminants in fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, and food contact materials
- Training sessions for laboratory staff of ASEAN countries in the application of food testing
- Training workshops on the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed and the possible introduction of a similar system in other regions of the world