“Import Controls on certain Food and Feed of Non-animal Origin - FNAO” - 2013/2016 - CHAFEA N°2012 96 02 (WP2)

fnaoContract N°CHAFEA N°2012 96 02

In the framework of the “Better Training for Safer Food” Initiative (BTSF) of the Directorate-General for Health and Food safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE), Agriconsulting Europe S.A. and its partners (AINIA and NVWA) organised and implemented 20 training sessions on “Import Controls on certain Food and Feed of Non-animal Origin - FNAO” from 2013 to 2016 as part of the project “Movement and Import Controls of Feed, Food and Animals Mainly for EU Member States” (Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, Contract  N. 2012 96 02).


The training sessions had a 3-days duration on the basis of arrival on Tuesday and departure the next Friday.

5 EU locations were used by the consortium to implement the training courses on FNAO and each session was attended by an average of 50 participants from EU Member States, Candidate Countries and EFTA-EEA Countries.



The specific objective of this course was to reach a common understanding of the EU legislation on import controls of certain feed and food of non-animal origin. The project also aimed at spreading knowledge and best practices on official controls on certain feed and food of non-animal origin in order to increase the level of expertise with regards to food safety issues concerning import of certain feed and food of non-animal origin.

The targeted audience was:

-       Staff of competent authorities involved in official control activities in the EU and EEA countries on import of products of non-animal origin

-       In particular policy makers and senior inspectors involved in the specific fields

-       Possibly professionals with a scientific background and an interest in import controls.



At the end of the program participants gained more knowledge on EU Legislation on import controls (Article 15 of Regulation (EC) 882/2004, Regulation (EC) 669/2009, Regulation (EU) 884/2014, Regulation (EU) 885/2014 and other safeguard measures, quarterly reviews of Annex 1 of 669/2009), but also sampling procedures for feed and food of non-animal origin, the application of TRACES on FNAO, the General Food Law and it’s most important articles, the risks of being exposed to contaminants, the information exchange between inspectors and the Customs officers and information on implementation of procedures.

The training comprised presentations/discussion sessions, working group activities on case studies and serious gaming. A practical session with a visit of a DPE took place to illustrate best practices and performance of documentary, identity and physical checks, including sampling and a simulation exercise, in order to stimulate exchanges of opinion between the trainees.


Support provided by the project

The project reached globally 952 participants from 36 invited countries:  28 Member State Countries, 6 Candidate Countries, and 2 EFTA/EEA countries.

The project supported travel in economy class by train, car, flight and airport transfers. It supported catering expenses (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks) and accommodation in single occupancy.

A training kit including folder with support presentations, notebook, pen, and a memory stick was delivered at the beginning of the session and a certificate and a group photo were offered at the end of the meeting to each participant.


Consortium Partners

  • Leader: Agriconsulting Europe S.A.
  • Partners: AETS, JVLc, Ainia, NVWA, AENOR

Technical Partners :

  • Riga, Latvia: DPE of Riga Port
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands: DPE of Rotterdam
  • Valencia, Spain: Port Authority of Valencia (PAV)
  • Genoa, Italy: Ufficio di Sanità Marittima, Aerea e di Frontiera (USMAF) of Genoa Port
  • Frankfurt, Germany: Perishable center Frankfurt International Airport

Contact Person:

  • Lorenzo Grazioli ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING )
  • Alicia Juárez ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING )