Following recent evolutions of the EU legal framework, the Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission, required the organisation of a specific training programme on legal requirements regarding Food Information (incl. food labelling, nutritional labelling, health claims…) and Food Composition (incl. nutritional requirements, food added with vitamins …), and its practical implementation by National Competent Authorities in EU Member States The objective of the present project is to disseminate best practices for control procedures, improving knowledge of this area of work and ensuring consistent and rigorous implementation of rules across the Union. The training will mainly be addressed to Member State staff involved in supervision, planning and coordinating of control activities on food labelling requirements in general and of the foods described above (preferably at central level), as well as field inspectors in this/those authority/ies in charge of carrying out such controls. By the end of the programme, the technical achievements of the project (better and clearer labels on food products) should be such that they will generate a better understanding of what the consumer is eating, especially for specific diet needs. In order to face the complexity of a project involving 15 experts and staff, AETS headquarters ensures the general coordination of the activities with DG SANTE (orientation of activities), CHAFEA (submission of reports, experts profiles, reporting), experts (mission preparation, technical and pedagogical material) and external staff (training management, mission coordination).The experts and tutors are chosen for their experience in delivering official controls as well as for their pedagogical capacities and interpersonal skills. The evaluations collected in workshops at the present date highlight the excellent organisation and the usefulness of the technical contents. A total of 300 participants from Member States, Candidates and EFTA Countries are planned to be trained.

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