Due to the openness of the EU market to import from third countries, the volume of the trade dynamically increases, but many developing countries fail to fulfil the EU requirements, in particular as far as testing of food is concerned. These circumstances have led to an increase in the number of SPS-related trade concerns between the EU and exporting developing countries. Reports of FVO and RASFF notifications have in particular pointed out lack and deficiences of controls in these countries. Therefore the programme "Better Training for Safer Food" launched a series of hands-on training courses on analytical techniques for the staff of official laboratories in order to reduce the current difficulties being experienced by developing countries in this field. This project consists in the organisation of 8 two-week training sessions on the implementation of sampling and analysis methods in the field of microbiology and the detection of mycotoxins, residues of veterinary medicines and residues of pesticides. The training courses are implemented in EU MS accredited testing laboratories (in France, Spain, Italy and Greece)for the benefit of participants coming from third countries. A total of 152 participants from 51 different countries of Asia, Africa, South and central America, mediteranean bassin and East Europe have been trained.

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