Presentation on theme: "FVO, Unit F5 – Giovanni Saccarola"— Presentation transcript:
1FVO, Unit F5 – Giovanni Saccarola Introduction to the new audit series on organic farming and PDO/PGI/TSGFVO, Unit F5 – Giovanni SaccarolaFood and Veterinary Office,Health and Consumers Directorate-General
2BackgroundThe FVO carried out between 1999 and 2004 in total 16 audits on organic farming: 7 MSs and 9 TCs.Special Report of the ECA(1) on OF:"The Commission has not given enough priority to supervision activities, including audits, to ensure the proper functioning of the Member States’ control systems.""As regards imports, the Commission should ensure adequate supervision of the countries included in the list of those recognised as being equivalent for organic production"(1) Special Report No
3BackgroundBased on a Memorandum of Understanding between DG SANCO and DG AGRI the FVO started a new series of audits on organic production and PDO/PGI/TSG (Geographical Indications – GIs)First pilot audit on OF to Austria: NovFirst pilot audit on GIs to Hungary: DecAudits in 2012:OF: Portugal, Poland, IndiaPDO/PGI/TSG: UKAudit Programme 2013:OF: 10 audits (7 MSs, 2 TCs, 1 CB)PDO/PGI/TSG: 3 (all MSs)
4Planning and performance of OF audits Duration:8-10 working days.FVO team: 2-3 FVO inspectors + National ExpertScope of the audits:2 Control Bodies: headquarter level.Importer and CAs in charge of import controls and import authorisations.Visits to certified operators in at least two regions covering: production, processing and trade.Traceability exercise for 1-2 organic product.
5Planning and performance of GIs audits Duration:8-10 working days.FVO team: 2-3 FVO inspectors + National ExpertScope of the audits:2 regions where at least one product with GIs has been entered into the relevant registerIn these regions, meetings with responsible service(s)Visits to producer, processor and preparer of product with GIsVisit to retail outlet of product with GIs
6EU legislation on organic farming and GIs and Reg. 882/2004 The control systems for organic farming and GIs are placed under the umbrella of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on Official Food and Feed Controls.Article 41 concerning the MANCP is relevant.However, information concerning the control system for organic farming and GIs in most cases not available or dispersed.
7What a MANCP should include? General information on the structure and organisation of the system of official controls.Description of the designated CAs, their responsibilities and resources availableInformation on delegated control bodiesDescription of the supervision activities of delegated control bodiesCoordination arrangements in case of more than one control body/authority involvedDescription of the risk base approach used
8What an annual report should include? Information about the implementation of the control systemAny relevant change occurred during the previous yearList of operators and control bodies involvedOfficial controls planned and delivered (routine controls and additional ones)Non compliances found and follow-upResult of supervision activitiesConclusion on the control system (overall performance)
9More info concerning MANCP and annual reports (for organic farming): EC Working Document on official controls on organic sector (July 2011): section 12 on "reporting requirements regarding official controls performed in the organic sector".