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The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is organising, on behalf of the European Commission's Health and Food Safety Directorate-General, training on the protected designations schemes covering: Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs), Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), Geographical Indications (GIs), and Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG).

The training will be open to EU Member States and Candidate Countries, as well as to non-EU countries (third countries). The following categories of staff will be targeted:

competent authority staff involved in planning and coordination of control activities in the sector of PDO/PGI/TSG for agricultural products and foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, as well as field inspectors;

- staff of delegated control bodies involved in the control in the above sector;

- staff of national accreditation bodies involved in the above sector;

- staff of customs authorities involved in the above sector.

The overall objective of the training is to improve knowledge, and further harmonise the approaches and practices of EU Member States for an increased efficacy of their competent authorities and control bodies in verifying compliance with the EU legal provisions in the field of protected designations (quality schemes) for wines, spirits, and agricultural products / foodstuffs.

The training will be delivered in four different training courses:

  1. Training on the control of geographical indications in the wine sector – 5 training sessions;
  2. Training on the control of geographical indications in the field of spirit drinks - 2 training sessions;
  3. Training on the control of PDO/PGI/TSG in the field of agricultural products and foodstuffs - 2 training sessions;
  4. Cross-sectoral training on market controls covering all three sectors – agri-food, wine and spirit drinks - 5 training sessions.

A total of 14 training sessions for the four courses will be organised during the second phase of the project. Each of the 14 training sessions will have a duration of 3 academic (4 calendar) days.

The specific training objectives for participants in the four courses will be to:

- gain a clear understanding of the geographical indications and traditional specialties guaranteed concepts, and of the general international context for geographical indications

- gain up-to-date knowledge of the EU legal requirements concerning quality schemes, their implementation, control and expected results, and integrate this information with the general EU requirements for the agricultural sector

- review the control system related to PDOs/PGIs/TSGs/GIs as a whole, and identify the roles and responsibilities of each actor

- be able to apply the risk analysis concept in the planning of control activities

- examine and evaluate a control plan

- grasp the importance of documented procedures for the control activity, and review key points to be included

- be able to develop control tools (check lists) based on specific product specifications, and understand the use of product specifications as a basis

- be able to verify the compliance of operators with product specifications and legal requirements, and to evaluate the conformity of raw materials/product/process

- practice the analysis and correlation of analytical/organoleptic results

- be able to assess the conformity of product labelling

- be able to identify the key documents for verifying the traceability of a product and its authenticity

- understand the control process as a whole, from farm till retailer, and recall at each step the control methods to be applied

- develop competences for inspection techniques and fraud detection, including e-commerce

- learn about and investigate practices and approaches from other MS and other controllers

- assume a distance from their own control practices and have a critical view on them



Course Location Training Dates
MARKET CONTROLS Rome TS01 04/12/2018 to 07/12/2018
WINES Turin TS02 22/01/2019 to 25/01/2019
MARKET CONTROLS Rome TS03 12/02/2019 to 15/02/2019
AGRI-FOOD Lisbon TS04 05/03/2019 to 08/03/2019
WINES Turin TS05 02/04/2019 to 05/04/2019
TS06 21/05/2019 to 24/05/2019
SPIRITS Tallinn TS07 18/06/2019 to 21/06/2019
SPIRITS Warsaw TS08 10/09/2019 to 13/09/2019
WINES Bordeaux TS09 08/10/2019 to 11/10/2019
MARKET CONTROLS Prague TS10 05/11/2019 to 08/11/2019
AGRI-FOOD Lisbon TS11 10/12/2019 to 13/12/2019
WINES Bordeaux TS12 21/01/2020 to 24/01/2020
MARKET CONTROLS Prague TS13 18/02/2020 to 21/02/2020
WINES Turin TS14 17/03/2020 to 20/03/2020



The potential training candidates will need to preferably have the following characteristics:

  • fall within the target groups specified above;
  • commit to disseminate the obtained knowledge among stakeholders in their home country;
  • have a good working level of English;
  • have preferably not participated in a training session during Phase 1 for the same course.


How to apply

If you wish to express your interest in one or more of the four courses, please contact your BTSF national contact point. To know more about who is your national contact point, please click here.