During 2023 the European Commission intends to perform 288 planned controls to verify that the EU standards on food and feed safety, food quality, animal health and welfare, plant health, quality and in certain areas of human health, are correctly implemented in Member States and in third countries exporting to the EU. Additional demand-driven controls will also take place.
Of the 288 controls, 165 are audits and similar controls and 123 are analyses (documentary controls), which assess EU Member State and third country control systems.
The selection of planned controls results from a comprehensive prioritisation process. This is based on legal obligations, risks posed in the sectors concerned and the Commission’s political priorities, in particular the Farm to Fork Strategy.
The outcome of the audits and similar controls is made available to the public on the website of the European Commission.
In addition, Commission experts will perform other demand-driven controls such as those verifying compliance with EU legislation of border control posts, medical devices notified bodies, laboratories and testing facilities involved in studies for regulated product submission and third country listings for exports to the EU.
These controls are designed to protect EU consumers. The work programme also presents other activities planned for 2023. These include the management of the Better Training for Safer Food programme, the development of policy on the sustainable use of pesticides, contributing to the reduction of the environmental footprint of the EU’s food system, and the management of two networks of Member State authorities on their multi-annual national control plans and national audit systems.
To learn more about the details of the Health and Food Audits and Analysis Programme for 2023, please click here.