Pre-accession Training on Pest Risk Assessment

Sarajevo
25 March 2014

This training was organised within the EFSA Pre-Accession Programme 2011 - 2014 for the Candidate and Potential Candidate countries3 financed by the European Commission under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Component.

The overall objective of the EFSA Pre-Accession Programme 2011 - 2014 is to promote the understanding of EFSA’s work, share expertise and create information exchange mechanisms in order to ensure that the national authorities of the beneficiary countries can participate effectively in the activities of EFSA both prior and after the accession to the EU. Participation in this Programme will further enable the beneficiaries to familiarise themselves with the EU policies and working methods particularly focusing on “from field to plate” integrated approach to food safety. In particular the Programme intends to build on risk assessment capacity in the Pre-Accession countries. This training was the fourth of five specific risk assessment trainings planned to be organised during this Programme.

The overall objective of the training was to transfer knowledge and skills on pest risk assessment to the experts from the Pre-Accession countries. The training tutors were from the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), UK and the Aarhus University, Denmark. Two plant health scientists from EFSA participated the training.