Newsletter March 2014

Topics

  • Current project activities
  • Next steps and dates
  • Contact details for feedback and comments

Summary of the workshop in Salzburg

Mid-term conference of the IRM-ORGANIC Project in Salzburg

At the mid-term conference of the IRM-ORGANIC Project in Salzburg around 60 representatives of control bodies from 17 countries discussed risk-oriented inspection methods for organic inspectors.

The German and the Italian project partners of IRM-ORGANIC presented results of the following project activities: extensive interviews with experts in various EU-countries; Europe wide online survey of organic inspectors; an analysis of the qualifications required for carrying out official food and animal feed inspections and of approaches of private certification programs for food and feed safety to risk-oriented controls.

A curriculum was developed from these results. It concentrates on a control methodology oriented towards major areas of risk; the concept of critical control points and checks of international trade-exchange of organic products including their traceability. Europe-wide train-the-trainer courses for trainers from control authorities and control bodies training organic inspectors will be implemented next.

Experts from France, Austria, Poland and Switzerland were unanimous in a panel discussion about the current proposals of the EU commission to revise the organic control system. In their view, integrating the existing control system into the official controls for food and animal feed will not increase the effectiveness of organic controls. The commission’s proposal says nothing about improving fraud prevention.

To read more about workpackage 2 and 3, please follow this link.

The task force “Competence of organic inspectors”: cooperation of IRM-organic with EOCC

Presentation of the Project
and the task force “Competence of organic inspectors“

In our last newsletter, we announced the task force “Competence of organic inspectors” a cooperation with EOCC.

The task force was presented together with the project at the EOCC reception at 12th February 2014 at Biofach.

Next steps: Train-the-Trainer Courses

The next steps are the planning and preparation of the upcoming Train-the-trainer courses.

The courses are planes for interested personnel from control authorities and control bodies, involved in the training of organic inspectors.

The courses concentrates on control methodology oriented towards major risk areas; the concept of critical control points and checks of international trade-exchange of organic products including their traceability.

Below you will find basic data on the planned courses. The program and registration form can be found here.

  • 24th / 25th April 2014, Train-the-Trainer course at the Agricultural Advisory Center in Radom, Poland. To register, please contact agro.bio.test (at) agrobiotest.pl

  • 21st / 22nd May 2014, Train-the-Trainer course at the Biko Tirol Head office in Innsbruck, Austria.  This course will be held in German language. To register, please contact office (at) biko.at

  • 11th / 12th June 2014, Train-the-Trainer course at the Hotel Amadeus in Bologna, Italy. To register, please contact Ms. Francesca Fiuzzi, ffiuzzi (at) ccpb.it  

  • 24th / 25th June 2014, Train-the-Trainer course in Oberursel (near Frankfurt), Germany. To register, please contact ulfila.bartels@gfrs.de

Please note, the costs for the courses will be covered by the project, board and lodging need to be covered by the participant.

Final Workshop in Warsaw

Please safe the date:
23rd and 24th September 2014 Final Workshop in Warsaw, Poland

Contact us

If you like to know more about the project, please visit our web-site: www.irm-organic.eu

Are you interested in the project? Do you have feedback or comments?
Please do not hesitate to contact me: ulfila.bartels (at) gfrs.de 

Editors: Dr. Jochen Neuendorff, Ulfila Bartels