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The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency 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 authorities at central level and field level inspectors;

- control bodies, including private ones;

- national accreditation bodies and customs authorities involved in quality schemes.

The overall objective of the training is to improve knowledge, and further harmonize 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 organized during the first phase. 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
AGRI-FOOD Zagreb TS01 22/11/2016 to 25/11/2016
WINES Bordeaux TS02 07/02/2017 to 10/02/2017
MARKET CONTROLS Bucharest TS03 28/02/2017 to 03/03/2017
WINES Turin TS04 21/03/2017 to 24/03/2017
AGRI-FOOD Zagreb TS05 04/04/2017 to 07/04/2017
TS06 09/05/2017 to 12/05/2017
MARKET CONTROLS Bucharest TS07 23/05/2017 to 26/05/2017
SPIRITS Tallinn TS08 13/06/2017 to 16/06/2017
SPIRITS Warsaw TS09 12/09/2017 to 15/09/2017
WINES Turin TS10 03/10/2017 to 06/10/2017
MARKET CONTROLS Rome TS11 24/10/2017 to 27/10/2017
MARKET CONTROLS Rome TS12 05/12/2017 to 08/12/2017
WINES Bordeaux TS13 13/02/2018 to 16/02/2018
MARKET CONTROLS Paris TS14 06/03/2018 to 09/03/2018



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

  • relevant educational background and professional track record;
  • current employment at a national competent / customs authority, or control / accreditation body implicated in the field of protected designation schemes;
  • commitment to disseminate the information and knowledge to be acquired through the training among colleagues at the home institution after the course;
  • fluency in English - to facilitate networking and communication, particularly during the training’s working group sessions and discussions.


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.