Meeting of Biocide Competent Authorities11-12 November 2015 The Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) Dara O'Shea
FVO • Responsible for verifyingcompliancewith EU standards • Food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health • Medicaldevices, active pharmaceutical ingredients • Active in: Member States Candidate Countries Third Countries
FVO 160 staff: Admin & Audit 250 audits/missions per year, 2/3 in MS, 1/3 in TC Reports are published and available at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fvo/index_en.htm
FVO – 7 units F1: Country profiles, co-ordination and follow-up F2:Food of animal origin – mammals F3:Food of animal origin – birds and fish F4:Plant health, food of plant origin and food quality F5:Animal nutrition, import controls and residues F6:Animal health and welfare F7: Quality, planning and development
SECTOR F4.2 AUDIT/MISSION ACTIVITIES Pesticide Controls Authorisation Marketing and use of PPPs Pesticide residues Import Controls (FNAO) Organic Farming (DG AGRI) Food Supplements PDO/PGI Food Irradiation Biocides?
The F4.2 Pesticides team… • Jan, Dara, Piroska, Tsvetana, Gonzalo • Plus National Experts
FVO Missions/Audits Legal basis of audits is Reg 882/2004 Missions in absence of legal basis Fact finding, MS agreement Publication of Audit vs. Mission reports Mission/Audit series Team of 2-3 FVO staff & Nat Expert Duration:5-10 days
TYPICAL ITINERARY At central level • Opening meeting • Authorisation system reviewed • Overall control system reviewed • Closing meeting Two regions visited • Meeting with regional CA • Observe an inspection at a manufacturer/distributor/retailer • Observe an inspection at a user
MISSION/AUDIT REPORT • Legal Requirements • Findings • Conclusions • (Recommendations) • Draft Report • Comments / (Action plan) • Final Report
National Experts • MS staff involved in authorisation/enforcement • Training? • An opportunity to learn • An opportunity to shareideas
How the FVO adds value…. • MS • MS specific weaknesses/inefficiencies identified • EU • OVERVIEW REPORT • Common weaknesses • Issues with interpretation of legislation • Gaps in legislation • Best practices • Exchange of ideas by Nat Experts & BTSF? • BETTER EU WIDE CONTROLS?
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