Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic

 

Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic organised by National level

   

Due to the Evolution of the Epidemiological Situation of African Swine Fever in the Czech Republic (the first positive case was detected on 26 June 2017), we are fully aware of the seriousness of the situation. The State Veterinary Administration launched the Epidemiology Training Programme for hunters, representatives of hunter associations, forestry management in response to the recent incursion of African swine fever (ASF) into the Czech Republic.

   

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly transmissible disease affecting pigs and wild boars with serious socio-economic and wildlife consequences. The disease can spread rapidly, irrespective of national borders.
ASF is not a human health threat.
No vaccine or specific treatment is currently available for ASF.
Therefore, disease control is mainly based on early detection and the application of strict sanitary and biosecurity measures.

   

Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic organised by Community level

   

EC is planning to organise a one day workshop on surveillance and wildlife management for African Swine Fever in the Czech Republic (also in Germany, Austria).

   

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: only Czech, mainly hunters, representatives of hunter associations, forestry management and veterinarians. The number of participants can be between minimum 35 to maximum 50.
TOPICS: The topics to be addressed during the workshop include ASF in wild boar and management of wild boar population, wild boar data collection in ASF infected areas, best practices in biosecurity and implementation of GFTADs recommendations. GFTAD - Global Framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases.
DATE: to be confirmed.
FUNDING and ORGANISATION: The costs and organisation of experts, meeting room, lunch, coffee break and interpretation will be covered by contractor. On the other hand, the project does not cover costs for travel and accommodation of participants.
LOCATION to be confirmed.

   

The training will be held with simultaneous interpretation in Czech so as to reach also hunters and veterinary officials that are not fluent in English.

   

Training at the Community level

 

Training EC strategy is explained in the document “High Quality Training for Safer Food” COM(2006) 519 final and in the strategic document of the BTSF of July 2009.

 

The training, which since 2006 has been organised by the EC through DG SANGO – Directorate General for Health Consumer which is designed for the employees carrying out official controls of food and feed, animal health and welfare and phytosanitary care. It concerns employees from member states, third countries as well as from developing countries for their better knowledge of food standards and import procedures in EU and during placing good on the market.

 

Since 1st January 2014 DG SANCO has been cooperating with the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), which manages the training programmes of BTSF. Since 1st January 2015 is new abbreviation DG SANTE (DG Health and Safety) instead of DG SANCO.

   

Information flow in respect of the national training activities (mandatory topics of Chapter I Annexe II to Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council) and Community training activities is ensured by Coordination body for training activities. The coordinator is the national contact point - NCP from the Food Safety Department of the MoA and members are local contact points from particular supervisory authorities and the Ministry of Health.The number of training participants from the Czech Republic: 2006 – 20, 2007 - 36, 2008 - 41, 2009 – 43, 2010 – 73, 2011 – 96, 2012 – 112, 2013 – 136, 2014 – 168, 2015 – 169, 2016 – 140.

     

Training of Staff performing Official Controls

 

The necessity of unified training was set in Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the EP & C for the purpose of verifying the observance of legal rules related to food and feed law and regulations on animal health and welfare. Legal basis of the training introduces Article 6 which stipulates for appropriate authorities in member states the obligation to ensure that every worker carrying out official controls would be properly trained; and Article 51 provides legal tool for organising this training at the Community level as a complement of training organised at the national level. Mandatory training topics according to Chapter I, Annex II, of Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the EP & C are related to the following areas:

 

  • Various methods of control, e.g. audits, sampling and inspection

  • Control procedures

  • Food and feed law

  • Various stages of manufacture, processing and distribution, and potential risks to human health and possibly animal health, plant health and the environment

  • Assessment of non-compliance with the requirements of the feed and food law

  • Risks in the animal production and the feed and food production

  • Evaluation of the application of procedures based on HACCP principles

  • Managing systems, such as quality assurance programs that feed and food businesses put in place, and their assessment if they are relevant to compliance with the requirements of the feed and food law

  • Official systems for issuing certificates

  • Contingency plans in case of emergencies, including communication between Member States and the Commission

  • Legal actions and legal aspects of official controls

  • Examination of protocols and other records, including records of proficiency testing, accreditation and risk assessment, which may be important for assessing compliance with the feed and food law; financial and commercial aspects may be part of it

  • All other areas, including animal health and animal welfare, necessary to ensure that official controls are carried out in accordance with this regulation

 

 

The Food Safety Department of the MoA is responsible for training issues.

  

 

Training at the national level

 

 

New unified system for training of inspectors according to Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the EP & C is implemented in CR on the basis of working document “The Unified System for Training of Inspectors of State Supervisory Authorities Coordinated by the MoA“ which has been approved the day of 19 June 2006. The Food Safety Department of the MoA is responsible for training issues.

 

On the basis of above mentioned approved document the Coordination body for training activities within the Food Authority of the MoA has been established, respectively for creating unified system for training in the areas of mentioned in the Chapter I of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, for the system of mutual co-operation between competent supervisory authorities in the field of training. In the Coordination body for training activities the Food Safety Department and the Food Authority are represented, as are state supervisory authorities coordinated by the MoA and also the MoH which participates in unified training programmes for the training of inspectors only at Community level.

 

From 2007 to 2009, the Coordination body organised training activities in the form of full-time education and almost 270 inspectors were trained during the two-year cycle.

 

Since 2011, training is carried out in the form of e-learning, which is considerably cheaper. The expert guarantor is the Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University in Brno (VFU Brno), which provided the experts to draft professional texts for each module (course), which will be available during the e-course. Technical support for the e-learning course is provided by the Institute of Agricultural and Economic Information (IAEI), through LMS eDoceo. The IAEI, VFU Brno and the MoE cooperate together.

 

The content of the modules (courses) is based on the area set out in Annex II, Chapter I of Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 of the EP & C:

 

1. Overview of the basic regulations governing food and feed law
2. Auditing of the food safety management system and its potential flexibility
3. Failure to comply with the requirements of food law and the application of sanctions
4. RASFF – Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
5. Legislation and risk in the manufacture of feedstuffs
6. Rodent control in the food industry and its monitoring
7. Animal welfare during slaughter and other ways of killing
8. Health risk assessment – food and nutrition
9. Procedures based on HACCP principles
10. Ensuring food safety and possible risks in meat production
11. Sampling of foodstuffs, raw materials, feedstuffs and drinking water
12. The issue of certificates focusing on food quality
13. Risk assessment at different stages of food and feed production
14. Protecting plants from pests, disease and weed agents in the agricultural production of food of plant origin
15. General overview of EU legislation

 

 

Uniform training for staff carrying out official Controls

 

E-learning Courses

 

Term of study

Number of registered participants

Number of graduates

% of graduates from the number of participants enrolled

Round 1

15. 10. 2011-31. 7. 2012

78

74

95

Round 2

1. 10. 2012-30. 4. 2013

80

75

94

Round 3

1. 10. 2013-30. 4. 2014

80

71

89

Round 4

1. 10. 2014-30. 4. 2015

81

75

93

Round 5

1. 10. 2015-30. 4. 2016

80

71

89

Round 6

1. 10. 2016-30. 4. 2017

80

70

87,5

 

At the end of the training, participants in the e-courses take a final test, which they must pass to receive the certificate confirming their completion of the training.

 

For ensuring its own system for training in the area of official controls of food and feed, animal health and welfare and phytosanitary care, every supervising organisation elaborates for its inspectors training plans for relevant year on the basis of identifying the training needs and provides them for a request to Food Safety Department.