"Better Training for Safer Food" (BTSF) is a Commission initiative aimed at organising a Community (EU) training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules.
While the Commission sets policy and general strategy for Better Training for Safer Food, the Executive Agency puts into practice this initiative by managing all phases of projects, from launch of calls for tender to evaluations of offers, award of contracts, and supervision of implementation.
Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, provides the legal instrument for this initiative.
Training is designed for all staff of competent authorities of Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Community law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.
It is also essential that third countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU import requirements and, where it exists, with the possibility of EU support. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU is open to participants from third countries and specific training courses are organised for third country participants on the spot.
The main objective of the initiative "Better Training for Safer Food" is the organisation and development of a Community training strategy with a view to:
- Ensuring and maintaining a high level of consumer protection and of animal health, animal welfare and plant health;
- Promoting a harmonised approach to the operation of Community and national control systems;
- Creating an equal level playing field for all food businesses;
- Enhancing trade of safe food;
- Ensuring fair trade with third countries and in particular developing countries.
Service Contract N. 2016 96 06
In the framework of the BTSF initiative, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (IZSAM), in consortium with Università degli studi di Milano (UNIMI) has been entrusted by CHAFEA with the organisation of twelve training courses on animal welfare issues to be held in the two-year period 2018-2019. The activity calendar provides the relevant information on the training road-map.
The Service Contract N. 2016 96 06 foresees a second twenty-four training phase (2020-2021) for the delivery of further twelve courses on the same issues, upon the approval of the financing and managing authority.
Eligible participants are Public Veterinary Officers belonging to the National Competent Authorities of EU Member States, EFTA/EEA, Candidates, Potential Candidates and Non-EU Countries involved in the official controls on Animal Welfare and the development of best practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards on this issue.
BTSF National Contact Points/National Competent Authorities are in charge of the identification and selection of participants.
The participation of industry associations, relevant stakeholders and country delegates, not included in the list of selected Third countries, is possible only upon CHAFEA approval and according to CHAFEA conditions.
The training courses will allow participants to improve their knowledge and/or practical skills on relevant EU legislation and international framework (as for example the OIE Guidelines), on the scientific basis for proper transport, housing, management and handling of the animals and on stunning and killing techniques.
Advanced level training courses are organised in the field of animal welfare at slaughter and during transport. Candidate participants in advanced level trainings have to demonstrate their participation in previous basic level BTSF training courses on the same subjects.
Cornerstones of the consortium capacity to manage the project