ARISE Plus developed a training course to support ASEAN Health Officials in building capacity of Member States Officials on Risk Based Inspection –dealing with aspects including inspection, risk approach, microbial risk assessment, and international regulations
The training course was developed by ARISE Plus experts in close consultation with the ASEAN Secretariat officials, officials from Philippines as the lead proponent and the ASEAN Health Cluster 4 -Ensuring Food Safety, a grouping of health officials representing the 10 ASEAN Member States. The objective of the training course is to build knowledge on risk-based inspection planning and conduct.
The training course was delivered During 6-7th July 2021 through video conferencing facility due to the travel restrictions in place. There was huge interest in the training from ASEAN Member States with participation of around fifty experts from ten member-states. The group exercises conducted during the training were practical and appreciated by participants The training material for the three courses was developed delivered on pilot basis will be compiled and provided to ASEAN Secretariat and to training institutions in ASEAN for future use after it is reviewed and improved based on the feedback from the pilot training.
This was the last program in the series of pilot training courses developed for ASEAN. The two programs on Food Borne Disease Outbreak and Food Hygiene were delivered successfully in April and June 2021. The three training courses were selected from priorities identified by through a survey conducted.
The capacity and capability of the food safety authorities to conduct their activities in a competent, effective and responsible manner is a critical factor not only for the improving food safety in Member States and additionally is essential in building mutual confidence to support the on-going initiatives in harmonisation of food safety measures as part of the regional market integration in the food trade in ASEAN.