The European food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the EU, accounting for a 13.6% share of the total turnover in the EU manufacturing sector. In addition to being larger than the automobile, chemical, machinery or equipment sectors, this SME-dominated industry strives to maintain very high quality standards.
Due to the potential consequences on public health of product failures, production hygiene and quality management are strictly regulated. The labyrinth of modulation may prove too intimidating for many SMEs to deal with or negotiate their way through. The INPLISTA action helps SMEs navigate in this regulated environment.
SURVIVING IN A COMPLEX ENVIRONMENT
Historically, the food industry has always been subjected to a constant flow of new regulations that are put into place to guarantee that the highest levels of excellence are maintained. The main objective of INPLISTA is to prepare, compare, edit and explain the most important international food standards and legislation, in order to assist SMEs and enable them to survive in an ever more competitive market. In so doing, SMEs may gain better insight into the European market, enabling them to build up export connections for the future.
In short, INPLISTA is an information platform targeted at the specific needs of SME food companies. This project aims to improve and stabilise the position of small players on the European market, but also to assist them in keeping up to date with current standards and requirements.
TO NETWORK IS TO IMPROVE
The participants in the project will benefit from an extensive knowledge exchange in order to establish a common European interpretation of international food standards. This has become all the more important since the EU has grown to 25 countries, with new economies heavily dependent on the agricultural sector. As a matter of fact, the new Member States (NMS) are still in the process of digesting a huge number of food-related regulations. Through INPLISTA, the food producers of NMS will improve their ability to keep up with their competitors - notably in the western European countries, but also globally.
The conferences and working meetings undertaken during the course of the INPLISTA project will serve as national and European platforms for communication, where experts can share their know-how, thus spreading information and increasing the competence of the stakeholders involved. The information platform combined with networking strategies can also result in the development of a common basis for future standardisation and harmonisation efforts.
An INPLISTA website provides information material, topical publications, newsletters, FAQs and a contact board. This tool will help disseminate and easily update information for SMEs. There's a saying that bugs are found during requirement analysis and simulation, or if not, then during integration testing, or if not, in live testing by the users.
INPLISTA definitely wants to avoid the last possibility occurring, and that must be good news for all of us.
List of Partners
- LVA Lebensmittelversuchsanstalt (Austria)
- TTZ Bio Nord (Germany)
- ISA Head Office (The Netherlands)
- C & C Hungary (Hungary)
- Wageningen UR, Agrotechnology & Food Innovations (The Netherlands)
- IRTA Monells (Spain)
- Central Science Laboratories (UK)
- AFRC, The National Food Centre (Ireland)
- PRODUKTIVNOST, poslovodno svetovanje, Samo Reja (Slovenia)
- ETAT (Greece)
- Universitatea de Stiinte Agricole si Medicina Veterinara (Romania)
- Center of Technology Transfer (Poland)
- Institute of Agricultural and Food Information (Czech Republic)
- CSQA Certificazioni (Italy)
- SIK Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology (Sweden)
- Matforsk (Norway)
- Full title:
- Information platform on international standards for SMEs in the food sector
- Contract n°:
- Project co-ordinator:
- Matthias Kück,
- EC Scientific Officer:
- Alessio Vassarotti,
- EU contribution:
- € 549,500
- Specific Support Action