smarter rules safer food and plant health

The new Official Controls Regulation (OCR), which brings together disperse rules into a single Regulation, will offer more targeted, risk-based controls along the agri-food chain.

With its broader scope and new IT based tools, it provides for a modernised, integrated and efficient system to intercept risks related to public health, plant health, animal health and welfare.

With a few exceptions, the new Regulation (and a significant number of Delegated and Implementing acts) will become applicable on 14 December 2019.

On the same date, the new Regulation on protective measures against pests of plants will also become applicable.

These acts represent major elements of the overall legal framework contributing to the protection of public, animal and plant health in the EU.

The new legislation will also make enforcement more efficient by the introduction of a new computerised system (IMSOC), which integrates existing computerised systems, including the RASFF system which this year celebrates 40 years of existence.

To present these new rules and celebrate 40 years of RASFF, the Commission is organising, with the support of the Finnish Presidency, the conference “Smarter rules for safer food and plant health” on 13 December 2019 in Brussels.

The conference will also be a good occasion to share best practices, increase the level of awareness and preparedness among EU countries, interested parties and trading partners.

Speakers include members of the European Commission and the Finnish Presidency, government experts, relevant stakeholders and scientists.

Please note: there will be no on-site registration. We therefore encourage you to register online

Practical information

When
Friday 13 December 2019, 8.00 - 17.00 (CET)
Where
Charlemagne Building
Rue de la Loi 170
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium

Agenda

  • 08.00 - 17.00 (Europe/Brussels)

    Time

    Topic

    Venue

    08:00-09:00

    Registration

     

    09:00-09:30

    Opening and introduction

    GASP

    09:30-10:15

    New Official Controls Regulation – an overview (including tertiary legislation and RASFF/IMSOC)

    GASP

    10:15-10:45

    COFFEE break

    GASP

    10:45 -11:45

    Parallel sessions:

     

     

    1. Panel discussion: Official controls of plants

    GASP

     

    1. 40 years of RASFF: “All you need is RASFF?” – Changes impacted by the Official Controls Regulation (until 11:30)

    MANS

    11:45-12:45

    Parallel sessions:

     

     

    1. Panel discussion: Enforcement of EU legislation

    GASP

     

    1. 40 years of RASFF: “All you need is RASFF?” – theme: transparency (11:30-12:30)

    MANS

    12:45-14:15

    LUNCH break

     

    14:15-15:30

    Parallel sessions:

     

     

    1. Panel discussion: Official controls – the role of stakeholders

    GASP

     

    1. 40 years of RASFF: “All you need is RASFF?” – theme: cooperation (14:00-15:00)
    2. 40 years of RASFF: “All you need is RASFF?” – theme: smarter data = better analysis (15:00-16:00)

    MANS

     

    1. Protecting the EU plant health in a changing world (14:15-15:45)

    JENK

    15:30-16:00

    COFFEE break

     

    16:00-16:45

    Panel discussion: Official controls and global trade

    GASP

    16:45-17:00

    Closing remarks

    GASP

    Venue Key:

    • GASP = GASP room
    • JENK - LORD JENKINS room
    • MANS = SICCO MANSHOLT room