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  1. EUROPEAN COMMISSION Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) Plant Health Group Monitoring the delivery of plant health controls in the EU Presented by Lars Christoffersen 25 September 2003

  2. Presentation • Why? • Background • How? • The FVO Plant Health Group • How is it done in practice

  3. Background • European Single Market from 1993 • Controls still with Member States • Uniform application across the EU: • checks at place of production • checks at EU entry points • control/eradication programmes

  4. FVO Plant Health Group - Mandate • Mandate: • Council Directive 2000/29/EC, Art. 21 (previously 77/93/EEC)

  5. FVO Plant Health Group - Mandate • Mandate for Inspections regarding: • Plant passport regime • Protected zone regime • Import controls • Member States safeguard measures • Derogations/equivalency (3rd countries)

  6. FVO Plant Health Group - Mandate • Inspections must be in co-operation with Member State: • Advance notice • Member State shall facilitate • EC Inspectors’ rights and obligations: • Same as national inspectors

  7. FVO Plant Health Group - Set-up: • Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection: 

  8. FVO Plant Health Group - Set-up: • Food and Veterinary Office: 

  9. FVO Plant Health Group - Set-up: • Staffing: • FVO: 109 professionals • Unit Food of Plant Origin: 19 professionals • Plant Health Group: 6 agronomists

  10. The practical work: • 15 - 20 inspections per year • Strategy: “systems audits” instead of outbreak inspections • Rolling 6 months plan of inspections • FVO manual of procedures

  11. The practical work: • The inspection mission process: Identification as priority notification + inspection plan + questionnaire implementation of inspection reporting + recommendations follow-up + close-out

  12. The inspection mission process: • The pre-inspection questionnaire: • Statistical data (production, trade etc.) • National legislation • Organisation of control system • Resources • Data on surveys and inspections • Laboratories

  13. The inspection mission process: • Implementation of inspection: • Itinerary prepared in advance • Opening meeting with Central Authority • Visits to regional and local offices • Visits to laboratories • Visits to producers, traders etc. • Closing meeting

  14. The inspection mission process: • Reporting: • Follows standard format and time plan • Includes recommendations • Consultation with inspected country • Publication: http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/inspections/pi/reports/index_en.html

  15. The inspection mission process: • Follow-up: • Action plan for addressing recommendations • If satisfactory: close-out • If not: • further inquiries, follow-up mission • country profiles, high level meetings • infringement procedure • Adaptation of legislation

  16. Inspections 2000-2003

  17. Conclusions • “System audits” necessary • Procedures are important • Systematic follow-up necessary • Good work requires resources