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The objective of the training is to continue cooperation activities on information management systems at international level with a view to further raise awareness and contribute to a better understanding and more efficient use of existing EU SPS information management systems by the competent authorities and other stakeholders in non-EU countries. It will also aim to facilitate their integration as active users in these systems and in the specific case of the TRACES system, support them in adapting it, in accordance with the principles used at EU level by this system, for the exchange of information both inside the country and between countries located in the same geographical region.

Target audience

  • Officers of the National Competent Authority.
  • Government Ministries and Inspection services.
  • Be involved in the certification process for goods exported to the EU.
  • Be involved in the certification process for goods traded at regional level between non-EU countries.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country Language
1 22/11/2021 26/11/2021 online Ukraine RU
2 28/02/2022 04/03/2022 Online CDMX, Mexico ES
3 12/07/2022 15/07/2022 Online Cote d'Ivoire FR
4 11/07/2022 15/07/2022 F2F Santiago, Chile ES
5 19/09/2022 23/09/2022 F2F Cairo, Egypt EN
6 08/11/2022 10/11/2022 F2F Jakarta, Indonesia EN
7 05/12/2022 09/12/2022 F2F Dar es salam, Tanzania EN
8 16/01/2023 19/01/2023 F2F Bombay, India EN
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The objective of the BTSF training activities on TRACES in Member States is to digitise the entire certification process and linked procedures, and is in line with the declaration of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The objective of the training courses is to train experts, to expand their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and to reach a common understanding of the EU legislation. They aim at contributing to the better respect of the EU Food and Feed law in EU Member States and non-EU Countries exporting to the EU, and at increasing the awareness in neighbouring non-EU Countries on the EU approach on food and feed hygiene, animal health, animal welfare, plant health and official controls.

The project is articulated in 5 courses for a total of 16 three-day training sessions on the “Use of the EU Trade Control And Expert System (TRACES)”:

  • Course 1. TRACES use at import of live animals and products of animal origin: 4 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 2. TRACES use at import of products of plant origin: 3 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 3. TRACES use at import of live plants: 3 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 4. TRACES use at import of organic products: 3 three-day training sessions.
  • Course 5. TRACES use in intra-EU trade of live animals: 3 three-day training sessions.


The specific objectives of the course are:

  • To train staff involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with the use of the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).
  • Thereby, the programme will aim at ensuring a harmonised use of TRACES, taking into account the latest updates available. As TRACES is an IT tool in continuous development, the programme will also be flexible and able to adapt its contents to the new upcoming possibilities of the system. Both the private and the public sector will benefit from a more harmonised use of TRACES and a deeper knowledge on the system by staff responsible for the official controls: better cooperation with customs, statistical data available, reduction of administrative work, faster clearance of the consignment at the border, etc.

Target audience

The profiles of the applicants should respect the following criteria:

  • Be officers of the National Competent Authority, relevant Government Ministries or Inspection services involved (or that may be potentially involved) in the use of the TRACES application at:
    • Course 1: BIP level.
    • Course 2: DPE level.
    • Course 3: Inspection Post.
    • Course 4: BIP and DPE level.
    • Course 5: LVU level.
  • Be involved in the drafting or adaptation of policies and Regulations in line with Regulation (EC) 882/2004, and related to the use of TRACES.
  • Be familiar with the principles of the organic farming scheme (for course 4).
  • Be compromised to disseminate the learning’s of the training once they finalize the training session.
  • Be proficient in the language of the training (English/French according to the session).

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date Organiser Location
1E 04/04/2022 08/04/2022 Online Virtual 
5C 02/05/2022 07/05/2022 Online Virtual 
5A 20/06/2022 24/06/2022 F2F Athens, Greece
1F 15/11/2022 18/11/2022 F2FAthens, Greece
5D 14/02/2023 17/02/2023 F2F TBD
4C 07/03/2023 10/03/2023 F2F  TBD

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The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Using IMSOC components to achieve the next level of collaboration between competent authorities are:

  • To provide for a common understanding of the current state of play of suitable tools and approaches to address new developments are planned for iRASFF and TRACES applications;
  • To focus on integration between these applications to reinforce the network
  • To show how these platforms can be used for increasing the efficiency of official controls, effective communication, and exchange of information;
  • To give the opportunity to trainees to compare key elements of contingency plans and other preparedness elements elaborated by their respective Member States in order to identify and share best practices (e.g existing alert systems and communication tools);
  • To allow the exchange of experience and disseminate best pracitces.


The course addresses the following topics:

  • Overview regulatory framework IMSOC (with references to Imports, COI, INTRA, AHL, OCR) and Use of IMSOC(TRACES,RASFF and Europhyt) in the BCPs (with reference w to CHEDA, CHEDP, COI, CHEDD, CHEDPP).
  • Intensified Official Controls (IOC), TRACES and iRASFF
  • New legal framework about COI- How this is applied in IMSOC
  • Gathering intelligence (how to use the data retrieved from all relevant tools such as TRACES NT and  other systems  to identify possible risks
  • Management of non-conformities

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • Competent authority officials organising, implementing and enforcing legislation on official controls and competent authorities carrying out the official controls on consignments entering into the union from non-EU countries (central, BCP, regional).

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 18/10/2022 21/10/2022 Rome Italy
2 17/01/2023 20/01/2023 Athens Greece
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Système d'alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux

Le cours vise à permettre aux participants d’améliorer leurs connaissances et compétences sur:

  • Le système d'alerte rapide de l'UE pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux (développements récents et aspects de la législation alimentaire, l'hygiène alimentaire, les règles pour le contrôle des aliments et d'autres législations pertinentes).
  • Les exigences pour la mise en place d'un réseau RASFF à l'intérieur d'un pays, y compris le niveau exigé de contrôles sur les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux.
  • La structure organisationnelle des autorités compétentes.
  • La base juridique et les besoins en termes de communication.
  • Les exigences pour la mise en place d'un réseau régional de pays échangeant des alertes rapides sur les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux, y compris la possibilité d'échanger des informations, la base juridique exigée pour le système, la transparence et les exigences de confidentialité et de notification du suivi.


Accès pendant 365 jours
  • Durée moyenne: 8 heures
En ligne
  • 6 unités
  • À son propre rythme
  • Multimédia
Disponible en:
  • anglais

Comment vous inscrire?

  • Vérifiez la liste des coordonnées des PCN pour obtenir des détails et des liens vers davantage d’informations.
  • Si vous êtes un fonctionnaire gouvernemental, d’un État membre de l’UE ou d’un pays non-membres de l'UE invité, vous pouvez vous inscrire aux cours en ligne disponibles, au moyen du Formulaire de demande en ligne BTSF. Si vous avez des questions sur les critères de sélection, veuillez consulter le Point de Contact National concerné.
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  • Pour toutes autres interrogations, veuillez envoyer un message à l’adresse l’équipe BTSF ACADEMY sera ravie de vous venir en aide.