The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on New EU plant health regime are:

  • Provide knowledge for a common and understanding of new EU plant health regime
  • Increase the level of expertise with regard to the rules introduced by the new PHR
  • Improve the level of consistency of their implementation across the EU
  • Foster a correct, harmonised, and unambiguous understanding across MS
  • Favour exchange of information and experience amongst MS
  • Disseminate best practices for official controls in the plant health area
  • Facilitate the transition to the new PHR


The course addresses the following topics:

  • International and EU Legal framework
  • Introduction to (New) Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (PHR)
  • New PHR - Introduction Better protection and proactive action
  • Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 (OCR)
  • OCR Implementing and Delegated Acts
  • Pest Concepts and Categorization
  • Import Control Regime
  • Practical elements for Import control
  • Wood Packaging Material (WPM)
  • Surveillance
  • Outbreaks Management
  •  Overview Relevant HO for agriculture and horticulture
  • Overview Relevant HO for forestry, natural environments
  •  Internal Movement Regime
  • Internal Controls Practical
  • Measures and Certification for Export
  • Information campaigns. Stakeholders and Citizens
  • Notification and Information of findings

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.

  • Representatives from relevant competent authorities involved in policy making, planning and control activities (preferably at central or regional level)
  • Field inspectors involved in official control activities
  • Official staff and inspectors involved in import controls or in charge of planning/targeting import controls
  • Advisable: “hands-on” experience
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Compromised to disseminate the learnings gained and to inform via a survey on which are the dissemination activities implemented

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 01/10/2021 01/08/2021 Virtual Class -
2 08/11/2021 15/11/2021 Virtual Class -
3 25/02/2022 04/03/2022 Virtual Class -
4 16/05/2022 20/05/2022 Alicante Spain
5 Cancelled Cancelled Nice France
6 19/09/2022 23/09/2022 Tallin Estonia
7 17/10/2022 21/10/2022 Turin Italy
8 12/12/2022 16/12/2022 Valencia  Spain
9 27/03/2023 31/03/2023 Nice France