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Introduction to the new audit series on organic farming and pdo pgi tsg

Introduction to the new audit series on organic farmingand PDO/PGI/TSG

FVO, Unit F5 – Giovanni Saccarola

Food and Veterinary Office,

Health and Consumers Directorate-General


Background
Background

  • The FVO carried out between 1999 and 2004 in total 16 audits on organic farming: 7 MSs and 9 TCs.

  • Special Report of the ECA(1) on OF:

    • "The Commission has not given enough priority to supervision activities, including audits, to ensure the proper functioning of the Member States’ control systems."

    • "As regards imports, the Commission should ensure adequate supervision of the countries included in the list of those recognised as being equivalent for organic production"

      (1)Special Report No 9-2012


Background1
Background

  • Based on a Memorandum of Understanding between DG SANCO and DG AGRI the FVO started a new series of audits on organic production and PDO/PGI/TSG (Geographical Indications – GIs)

    • First pilot audit on OF to Austria: Nov. 2011.

    • First pilot audit on GIs to Hungary: Dec. 2011.

  • Audits in 2012:

    • OF: Portugal, Poland, India

    • PDO/PGI/TSG: UK

  • Audit Programme 2013:

    • OF: 10 audits (7 MSs, 2 TCs, 1 CB)

    • PDO/PGI/TSG: 3 (all MSs)


Planning and performance of of audits
PlanningandperformanceofOF audits

  • Duration:8-10 working days.

  • FVO team: 2-3 FVO inspectors + National Expert

  • Scope of the audits:

    • 2 Control Bodies: headquarter level.

    • Importer and CAs in charge of import controls and import authorisations.

    • Visits to certified operators in at least two regions covering: production, processing and trade.

    • Traceability exercise for 1-2 organic product.


Planning and performance of gis audits
PlanningandperformanceofGIs audits

  • Duration:8-10 working days.

  • FVO team: 2-3 FVO inspectors + National Expert

  • Scope of the audits:

    • 2 regions where at least one product with GIs has been entered into the relevant register

    • In these regions, meetings with responsible service(s)

    • Visits to producer, processor and preparer of product with GIs

    • Visit to retail outlet of product with GIs


Eu legislation on organic farming and gis and reg 882 2004
EU legislation on organicfarmingand GIs and Reg. 882/2004

  • The control systems for organic farming and GIs are placed under the umbrella of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004on Official Food and Feed Controls.

  • Article 41 concerning the MANCP is relevant.

  • However, information concerning the control system for organic farming and GIs inmost cases not available or dispersed.


What a mancp should include
What a MANCP should include?

General information on the structure and organisation of the system of official controls.

  • Description of the designated CAs, their responsibilities and resources available

  • Information on delegated control bodies

  • Description of the supervision activities of delegated control bodies

  • Coordination arrangements in case of more than one control body/authority involved

  • Description of the risk base approach used


What an annual report should include
What an annual report should include?

Information about the implementation of the control system

  • Any relevant change occurred during the previous year

  • List of operators and control bodies involved

  • Official controls planned and delivered (routine controls and additional ones)

  • Non compliances found and follow-up

  • Result of supervision activities

  • Conclusion on the control system (overall performance)


More info concerning mancp and annual reports for organic farming
More info concerning MANCP and annual reports (for organic farming):

  • EC Working Document on official controls on organic sector (July 2011): section 12 on "reporting requirements regarding official controls performed in the organic sector".

    http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/files/eu-policy/data-statistics/control_guidelines_version_08072011_en.pdf


Thank you
Thankyou!

FVO contact points (Unit F4)

  • Bernd Winkler (organic farming) Bernd.winkler@ec.europa.eu

  • Mary Fitzgeral (PDO/PGI/STG): Mary.fitzgerald@ec.europa.eu