Non-audit activities

Non-audit activities

In addition to audits DG Health and Food Safety also conducts a large amount of related non-audit work. This page gives a brief summary of the main activities in this area.

We undertake various tasks to give added value to the output of our audits. This includes the production of overview reports that summarise the situation of a certain sector across Europe and the presentation of these to the EU countries through the Standing Committee on Plants, animals, Food and Feed and other similar Committees, and through external seminars and training. There is also input to training on the outcome of audits, including the BTSF (Better Training for Safer Food) training and specific BTSF courses held to discuss the overview reports.

DG Health and Food Safety is also involved in the evaluation of the files submitted by non-EU countries to support their requests for exporting meat and meat products, fish and poultry to the EU. Once the non-EU countries are approved, the establishments authorised for the export are listed.

DG Health and Food Safety is involved in supporting the Member States in their requests for exporting animal and non-animal products to non-EU countries. This happens mainly by receiving non-EU countries delegations to inform them about the system in place concerning these products and in particular the role of DG Health and Food Safety in these areas. On occasion staff also participate as observers on non-EU countries' inspections in the EU countries.

DG Health and Food Safety is also responsible for non-audit work in the area of medicines. In relation to veterinary medicinal products, the DG carries out the evaluation of residue monitoring plans submitted by the EU countries and non-EU countries. For non-EU countries, this work has a direct bearing on their export status and ability to trade products of animal origin to the EU. With regard to human pharmaceuticals, the DG carries out assessments of non-EU countries' legislation governing good manufacturing practices for pharmacologically active substances, which contributes to the listing of non-EU countries having an equivalent system to that in the EU.

DG Health and Food Safety is also responsible for the technical evaluation of the EU countries projects related to the facilities at Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). This includes new BIPs as well as modifications to existing facilities. The outcome of these evaluations supports the review of the list of approved BIPs.

In the plant health area the DG runs the 'EUROPHYT' notification system for interceptions for phytosanitary reasons at EU borders, and also receives and disseminates notifications of new harmful organism outbreaks and the data from surveys for harmful organisms carried out by the EU countries.

DG Health and Food Safety also chairs two separate Networks of officials from national competent authorities in the EU countries and EFTA countries; the first relates to the Multi Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) provided for in Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and the second relates to the performance of audits of official controls. These networks meet regularly to exchange experiences on the preparation, implementation and reporting of national MANCPs and on the implementation of national audit systems on official control activities.