Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2018

Commission News Item, 17 December 2018

AUDITS - DG Health and Food Safety publishes its Programme of Audits and Analysis for 2019

Health and Food Audits and Analysis Programme 2019

A copy of the programme is available on this site (click on image).

In its Health and Food Audits and Analysis programme for 2019, the European Commission plans to conduct up to 211 audits and other on-the-spot visits in EU Member States and in countries outside the EU.

34% of audits and fact-finding missions deal with food safety, 14% with animal health and welfare, and 9% with plant health. 6% of audits each will be carried out in the areas of food quality and feed safety, while 4% of audits each concern import controls and follow-up. 23% of audits and on-the-spot visits are planned in the health area, dealing with medical devices, antimicrobial resistance and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The Commission also plans to conduct a number of desk analyses to support its audit activities as well as a broad range of follow-up, networking and training activities.

The objective of these measures is to ensure that EU legislation on food safety and quality, animal health and welfare, plant health and certain areas of human health is properly implemented and enforced.

The outcome of the audits carried out by the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, and, in particular, by its Directorate 'Health and Food Audits and Analysis', will be made available to the public. The findings on the ground will also be summarised in overview reports which serve as a basis for discussions with Member States about identified common challenges and best practices to share.

The programme also contains a short report of the audits performed in 2017.

Through this work, the Commission is able

As a result, EU citizens and businesses can continue to enjoy uniform and high levels of safety.

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