Areas of Competence
The major areas of competence include:
Projects/Programme Development and Coordination for Sustainable Development
- Project/ Programme: Identification/Implementation/Evaluation, and Coordination.
- Risk-benefit analysis, food safety risks from environmental exposure to chemical/microbial contaminants and related emerging concerns as far as objectives ensuring public health protection are concerned.
Food Quality Control/Testing addressing ISO/IEC 17025 standard - Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
- In-depth understanding and enforcement of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard
- Implementation/strengthening of quality assurance and quality control systems addressing ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard,
- Design and Implementation of Food Control/Testing Laboratories,
- Laboratory equipment (diagnostics, procurement, and installation of equipment, and training on relevant methods)
- Benefits of ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation for developing countries
Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS): ISO 22000:2005: - Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain
- Introduction and awareness to ISO 22000:2005 requirements
- Establishment of FSMS tools; Building Capabilities for food control/testing, food safety/security complying with international standards (e.g., SPS measures, Codex requirements, and WTO agreements).
- Enforcement of sound science-based safety standards to counter the steadily increasing public health concerns (“conventional” hazards and the emerging safety concerns)
- Capacity building on prevention methods for quality control/testing and food safety (for consumer health protection).
Training Courses on Analysis of Food Contaminants
- Detection and quantification of food contaminants : (the mycotoxins: Aflatoxins, Fumonisins, Ochratoxin A, etc. ) in agricultural foodstuffs and processed foods
Training of Trainers
- Train the Trainers on food quality control, and FSMS (enforcement of ISO/CEI 17025; ISO 22000 standards, HACCP sytem), Risk Assessment, and Mandatory standards for consumer protection and food trade facilitation
Information and Communication Issues
- Production of sound technical/scientific and informative documentations destined to either specialized or large audiences in fields of agriculture, food production and food control/safety.
- Organization and management of coordinated research projects; preparation/organization of international research consultant meetings, workshops/conferences on food quality control, risk assessment and food safety issues.
Quality infrastructure / Conformity assessment system design
- Legal and policy framework,
- Organization of quality laboratory addressing ISO/IEC 17025 standard exigencies,
- Implementation/strengthening quality infrastructure (in developing countries)
- Perform gap analysis outlining both the weakness (needs) and strong points of the organizations/institutions, providing the corresponding correctives actions.
Some Specific Areas of Competence
- Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the EPA negotiations
- The WTO SPS and TBT Agreements and trade development
- SPS measures for consumer safety and facilitation of agricultural trade
- Conformity assessment and international Food trade
- EPAs and food security
- SPS-related Weaknesses in Developing Countries
- EU regulatory requirements on food contaminants for exports/imports products