The main objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Risk assessment applied to animal health and welfare is:

  • to disseminate best practices for the implementation of principles and methods of food chain risk assessment, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the European Union

The extended objectives of this training activity are:

  • To promote exchange of experience in order to increase the level of expertise and harmonisation of approaches.
  • To contribute to increasing transparency and building trust amongst Member States’ authorities in each other’s risk assessments.
  • To contribute to the harmonisation of risk assessment approaches.
  • To disseminate best practices for risk management and communication.
  • To promoting reduction of discrepancies in procedural aspects of risk assessment.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Structured four steps approach in risk assessment for importing animal diseases and animal welfare: Hazard Identification, Hazard Characterisation, Exposure assessment, Risk characterization
  • Import Risk Assessment (IRA)
  • Risk – Benefit assessment in Animal Welfare
  • Consequences associated with introduction and spread of diseases
  • Qualitative versus Quantitative assessment
  • Scenario tree models
  • Uncertainty and variability
  • Stake holder specific risk communication
  • Case study based learning

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.

  • Professional experience in national authorities and public institutions (including so called "Art. 36 of Reg. 178/2002" organisations) involved in food chain risk assessment
  • Experience in the specific field of risk assessment applied to animal health and welfare
  • Experience in crisis investigation and management
Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 07/06/2021 11/06/2021 online --
2 21/02/2022 25/02/2022 online --
3 23/05/2022 27/05/2022 Bologna Italy
4 18/03/2024  22/03/2024  Warsaw  Poland
5 20/01/2025 24/01/2025 Valencia Spain
Risk assessment applied to animal health and welfare