MCZ Events

Zoonoses - Session 1

Trim, Ireland



Microbiological Controls - Session 1

Brussels, Belgium



Zoonoses - Session 2

Trim, Ireland



Microbiological Controls - Session 2

Riga, Latvia



Zoonoses - Session 3

Riga, Latvia



Microbiological Controls - Session 3

Venice, Italy



Zoonoses - Session 4

Paris, France



Zoonoses - Session 5

Venice, Italy



Microbiological Controls - Session 4

Riga, Latvia



Microbiological Controls - Session 5

Uppsala, Sweden



Microbiological Controls - Session 6

Trim, Ireland



Zoonoses - Session 6

Riga, Latvia



Microbiological Controls - Session 7

Venice, Italy



Microbiological Controls - Session 8

Paris, France



MCZ - 2018-2019


Contract 2017 96 04 : Organisation and implementation of training activities on the implementation of Union Rules in relation to microbiological criteria and on the monitoring and control of zoonoses and zoonotic agents under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative.

The objective of the MCZ course is to harmonise the approaches and to spread knowledge and best practice concerning:

  • Implementation of microbiological criteria (Course 1)
  • Control of zoonoses, with a particular focus on the control of Salmonella in poultry and pigs and Campylobacter along the poultry meat production chain (Course 2).

  • Number of events in 2018 and 2019: 14
  • Seminar duration: number of days : 4
  • Regional coverage: Countries

> Member states and candidates : 171 (course 1) + 129 (course 2) = 300

> EFTA & EEA : 6 (course 1) +4 (course 2) = 10

> Other countries : 23 (course 1) + 17 (course 2) = 40


The General objective of BTSF is to ensure a high level of consumer protection throughout the EU internal market and to increase levels of trade in safe food across the globe by the implementation of efficient, objective and adequate official controls. This objective is achieved by training the staff of the competent authorities, offering a better network and ongoing dialogue with partners from both within, and outside, the European Union, thus contributing to a high level of expertise and competence.

The Specific objective of the present project is to spread knowledge and best practices in relation with EU rules on general food labelling and claims as well as on specific categories of foods such as food supplements, foods with added vitamins and minerals and foods for specific groups of the population.

The contract requests the provision of 2 training courses addressing:

a) the implementation of microbiological criteria;

b) the control of zoonoses, with a particular focus on the control of Salmonella in poultry and pigs and Campylobacter along the poultry meat production chain.


Support provided by the project


-       Member states and candidates : 171 (course 1) + 129 (course 2) = 300

-       EFTA & EEA : 6 (course 1) +4 (course 2) = 10

-       Other countries : 23 (course 1) + 17 (course 2) = 40


For each supported participant, the project will provide a return flight ticket - in economy class or a return train ticket in first class using the most direct route.

For participants from non-EU countries, the project will also reimburse visa costs upon provision of the original receipts by the participants for the incurred expenses.

Upon arrival, transfer from the airport or station to the hotel will be arranged by the organiser, as well as the transfer from the training site to the airport on the last day of the training.

The project also provides health and repatriation insurance for all the trainees.


The project will provide full-board accommodation for subsided trainees for the period of the training:

  • on the day prior to the training: room charge (single occupancy) and dinner (depending on the arrival time);
  • from the 1st to the 3th day of the training: full board accommodation including breakfast,
  • 2 coffee breaks, lunch, dinner and room charge (single occupancy);
  • on the 4th day of the training: breakfast, 1 coffee break and lunch for participant departing before 19:00, dinner and room charge (single occupancy) as required for the participants departing later or the day after the training.

Training courses

The following costs related to the implementation of the training courses will be covered by the project:

  • Access to fully equipped meeting rooms;
  • Transportation to the training centre;
  • Costs of transport to the closest airport or train station and visa costs if any.

The project will also provide the following material:

  • Stationary (notepad, pen, notepad-holder);
  • A folder including hand-outs of all the lectures;
  • USB key containing all the training material in electronic version;
  • A group photo.

Training programme

  • Microbiological sampling and testing of Foodstuffs in the context of official controls
  • Sampling requirements for operators
  • Compliance with Microbiological Criteria in the framework of meat inspection
  • Control of Campylobacter in the poultry supply chains


Selection of participants

The criteria to attend the training session are the following:

  • Relevant technical background: participants should preferably have the necessary knowledge in the relevant legislation and controls of food information and nutrient values;
  • Relevancy to daily work: participants should, in priority, be staff of the competent authorities and be involved in the control of food products;
  • Sufficient language skills: in order to ensure the transfer of knowledge and opportunities to exchange views, participants should master the language of the training session for which they applied;
  • Ability to share their experience: priority will be given to participants whose position will allow them to share the outputs of the training sessions with colleagues.

The registration of the trainees is based on the submission of applications by the national contact point.


Consortium Partners

Leader : AETS

Partners :

> Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe)

> France Vétérinaire International (FVI)


Contact person

The registration of the trainees is based ONLY on the submission of applications by the national contact point.

Kindly find your NCP Contact at the following address :


> Project Manager : Sebastien RAHOUX

> Phone contact : +33 5 59 72 43 23



Contract: Contract CHAFEA 2014 96 02: Organisation and implementation of training activities on inspection and calibration of pesticide application equipment in professional use under the Netter Training for Safer Food Initiative.