BTSF Trainings | BTSF EU SPS Law Enforcement
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The project is being carried out by a consortium composed of OPERA Srl (Lead Company), the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna (IZSLER) and the Food and Veterinary Office of Latvia.

IZSLER is part of the network of Italian Zooprophylactic institutes and is one of the leading Italian institutes due to its geographical location in the heart of the livestock and food production areas of Italy. IZSLER operates in support of the public veterinary sectors and in particular, to Regional and Central Veterinary Services, breeders and consumers. IZSLER has a well-established and diversified network of 18 separate laboratories carrying out over 300  accredited testing methods in the field of animal health and food safety.

Food and Veterinary Service (FVS) of the Republic of Latvia is the national competent authority responsible for food safety, animal by-products, animal health and welfare, animal feed and veterinary medical products, food contact materials and sanitary and phytosanitary border controls (14 BIPs).

The purpose of the project is to provide EU Member States and non-EU countries with technical training and on-the-spot technical assistance, in order to support them in complying with EU feed and food safety standards and animal health and welfare and plant health rules.

The training programme includes 18 workshops and a series of sustained training and technical assistance missions (STMs), which will be carried out in EU Member States and the following neighbouring non-EU countries: the candidate countries (Albania, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey), the potential candidate countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo), the Mediterranean European Neighbouring countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia) and the Eastern European Neighbouring countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

The training sessions will be aimed at strengthening the understanding, implementations and enforcement of EU law in the following fields:

–          Food and feed law, including quality aspects;

–          Animal health rules;

–          Animal welfare rules;

–          Plant protection and plant health rules.

The 18 workshops will aim at:

• providing a detailed overview and a clear, better and harmonised understanding of EU legislation in the relevant areas having regard, in particular, to recent developments of the legislation;

• delivering targeted training and information tailored to the needs of beneficiary countries in order to improve their knowledge in a specific area and increase their efficacy to verify compliance with legal requirements in this specific area;

• disseminating best practices for control procedures in order to increase the compatibility of these procedures across and outside the EU, based, if available, on FVO overview reports;

• ensuring consistent and rigorous implementation of EU rules.

Apart from the workshops, special expert missions will be organized in the above mentioned beneficiary countries. These sustained technical assistance missions (STMs) are aimed at supporting the local competent authorities in selected countries in particular with regard to the development of action plans to improve compliance with the EU law in the fields covered by the project; along with information tools and documented control procedures and effective verification mechanisms in food and feed law, animal health and welfare rules and plant health and protection rules.

Target participants

The workshop is intended for staff of competent authorities of the Member States and non-EU countries involved in official control activities in the fields indicated above.

Where appropriate, industry sectors and relevant stakeholders may also participate in these training activities.


The BTSF programme is based on the “train the trainers” approach, and for this reason dissemination of the received knowledge is fundamental for the trainings to have a greater impact.

Participants will be requested to commit themselves to disseminate the information received via different methods, i.e. informing colleagues about the information received at the training, distributing the training materials, preparing informative articles in the professional national or, if possible, in international journals, preparing presentations based on the training materials for the staff of national Competent Authorities or other disseminating methods which could be appropriate to share the information received via the BTSF training. During the course participants will be provided with a training package to be used as supporting dissemination material.

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BTSF EU SPS Law Enforcement

Project no. 2015 96 04: Organisation and implementation of training activities to strengthen EU law Enforcement in Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) fields under the “Better Training for Safer Food” initiative

Phase II – Calendar of training sessions 

Details concerning all courses, postponed due to COVID-19 emergency, will be announced in due time

1 Peste des petits ruminants From 14/05/2019 to 16/05/2019 Sofia – Bulgaria
2 Carcass Classification From 28/05/2019 to 30/05/2019 Ospedaletto Lodigiano – Italy
3 Carcass Classification From 17/09/2019 to 19/09/2019 Ceva – Italy
4 ASF Surveillance and wildlife management From 23/09/2019 to 25/09/2019 Luxembourg – Luxembourg
5  ASF Surveillance and wildlife management From 12/11/2019 to 14/11/2019 Zagreb – Croatia
6 Food crisis simulation exercise From 26/11/2019 to 29/11/2019 Brussels – Belgium
7 Food crisis simulation exercise From 04/02/2020 to 07/02/2020 Brussels – Belgium
8 Food crisis simulation exercise to be announced Brussels – Belgium
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Phase I – Calendar of training sessions 

1 African Swine Fever  – Preparedness and response From 03/10/2016 to 5/10/2016 Warsaw – Poland
2 Carcass Classification From 27/10/2016 to 29/10/2016 Mondovì – Italy
3 African Swine Fever  – Surveillance and wildlife management From 16/11/2016 to 18/11/2016 Minsk – Belarus
4 Xylella Fastidiosa From 07/11/2016 to 09/11/2016 Bari – Italy
5 Carcass Classification From 01/03/2017 to 03/03/2017 Mondovì – Italy
6 Rabies eradication in Wildlife From 26/04/2017 to 28/04/2017 Riga – Latvia
7 Import controls on fruit and vegetables From 17/05/2017 to 19/05/2017 Voorschoten – The Netherlands
8 Carcass Classification From 20/09/2017 to 22/09/2017 Mondovì – Italy
9 ASF Surveillance and wildlife management From 25/10/2017 to 27/10/2017 Prague – Czech Republic
10 Rabies eradication in Wildlife From 8/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Belgrade – Serbia
11 Lumpy Skin Disease From 12/12/2017 to 14/12/2017 Kiev – Ukraine
12 ASF Surveillance and wildlife management From 27/02/2018 to 01/03/2018 Belgrade – Serbia
13 Carcass Classification From 13/03/2018 to 15/03/2018 Tilburg – The Netherlands
14 Avian Influenza From 27/03/2018 to 15/03/2018 Minsk – Belarus
15 Sheep and goat Plague From 06/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Sofia – Bulgaria
16 Sheep and goat Pox From 19/09/2018 to 21/09/2018 Alexandroupolis – Greece
17 Xylella fastidiosa From 02/10/2018 to 05/10/2018 Alicante – Spain
18 ASF Surveillance and wildlife management From 06/11/2018 to 08/11/2018 Belgrade – Serbia