Border controls are vital for protecting public and animal health. It is vital that border control staff implement effective veterinary and food safety checks.
Directive 97/78/EC and
These aim to ensure that imports meet the standards required for production in, and trade between, Member States.
Training on best practices for veterinary and food safety control procedures aims to improve knowledge of relevant requirements amongst border control personnel.
This will help to ensure a consistently high standard of such controls throughout the EU. In this, seaport, road and rail Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) are a priority.
Who has been awarded the contract for arranging the workshops?
The Euro Consultants-JVL-BSI Consortium, for further information please visit:
At whom is the training aimed?
The training is aimed at competent authority staff responsible for veterinary and food safety checks at seaport BIPs in EU Member States and candidate and associated countries. Third country participants, and particularly European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, may also be invited. The workshops cater for around 40 participants each.
How do I participate?
Anyone interested in taking part in training should contact their relevant national competent authority. The national competent authority proposes participants to the Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Point, who sends the list of participants to the contractor. The contractor submits the list to the Commission for approval. The list of Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Points can be found at:
How many workshops are taking place?
Seven three-day training courses are planned. Five take place in a seaport BIP and two in road and rail BIPs.
What activities are planned?
- The workshops begin with an introduction and overview of relevant legislation;
- Plenary sessions covering various areas follow the introduction;
- Participants are divided into groups for the visits to the BIPs, where they undertake practical exercises;
- Discussion sessions are also a feature of some of the workshops;
- The workshops end with discussions of problems identified and final evaluation of the course.
What topics are covered?
The workshops cover aspects of import controls on live animals and products intended for human consumption or otherwise. There is particular focus on:
- Relevant EU legislation, especially where problems of interpretation exist;
- Practical implementation of import procedures for live animals and animal products;
- Information exchange, intelligence gathering, risk assessment and cooperation with customs;
- Destruction of kitchen waste and other waste animal and plant products in the seaport part of the programme;
- Checks on products of animal origin and re-imported consignments and exit checks on transit consignments for the road/rail side.
When and where are the workshops taking place?
- The workshops on seaport BIPs take place in Southampton on 26-29 May and 3-6 November 2009 and 9-12 February and 23-26 March and 21-24 September 2010;
- The workshops on road and rail BIPs take place in Terespol and Kukuryki in Poland on 7-11 September 2009 and 7-11 June 2010.