The overall objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Developing advanced skills to conduct a detailed audit to verify the effective and suitable implementation of official controls by the relevant control authorities is:

To disseminate best practices for auditing procedures, improving knowledge of this complex area of work and ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union. The training is aimed to assist in developing a consistent approach across the Member States and in providing assurances that the audit findings in different reports are of comparable value.

Extended Objectives are:

  • Provide knowledge on the requirements of Article 6 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and practical solutions for consistent and effective implementation;
  • Provide in-depth insight of the current and future challenges experienced within the EU control systems in implementing Article 6 of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and solutions to overcome these challenges;
  • Provide knowledge on how to ensure a minimum quality level for national audit systems (NAS);
  • Stress the difference between pure compliance audit and performance audit;
  • Spread good practices between MS in achieving an operational internal audit system which is capable of assessing the suitability and effectiveness of official controls carried out under Regulation (EU) 2017/625.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Audits at EU Level. Main findings and recommendations from DG SANTE audits ofNAS in MS
  • EU Legal Framework, NAS Reference Documents and International Standards
  • Review of Audit Process and organization of the Audit System
  • Risk Based Audit Programming
  • Independence and Independent Scrutiny ofthe Audit Process
  • Measuring the effectiveness of official controls
  • Compliance with planned arrangements and suitability to achieve objectives
  • Evidence based Findings, Audit Evidence
  • Root-cause analysis, methods of root- cause analysis, usefulness and applicability to audit
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Audit Reporting & Dissemination
  • Audit Management and Review
  • PDCA benefitsto continuous improvement of the audit system 
  • How can the NAS respond to crisis along the food chain

This Training Programme is addressed to staff of competent authorities of the EU Member States and Candidate Countries involved in official control activities under the NAS.

Session Start Date End Date City Country
4 04/04/2022 08/04/2022 VC Zoom
5 09/05/2022 13/05/2022 VC Zoom
7 12/09/2022 16/09/2022 Lisbon Portugal
9 7/11/2022 11/11/2022 Bratislava Slovakia
11 27/02/2023 03/03/2023 Rome Italy
13  01/05/2023  05/05/2023 Warsaw  Poland
Audit system - Internal auditing (Advanced)