Project Title

Towards A Robust Food Safety System in the APEC Region through Regulatory and Public-Private Cooperation 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 07 2016T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 07 2016T 

Project Title

Towards A Robust Food Safety System in the APEC Region through Regulatory and Public-Private Cooperation 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

99,500 

Co-funding Amount

224,902 

Total Project Value

324,402 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Australia; China; United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Chile; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/11/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/10/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Dr Lin Wei 

Job Title 1

Director General 

Organization 1

Import & Export Food Safety Bureau, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine (AQSIQ) 

Postal Address 1

No.9 Madian Donglu, Haidian District, Beijing, 100088, China 

Telephone 1

86-10 82262394 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

linwei@aqsiq.gov.cn; yangbb@aqsiq.gov.cn; liuhanxia_cn@163.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Dr Lin Wei 

Declaration

 

Project Summary

The Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) has been recognized by APEC Leaders as a priority each year since it was established in 2007. A range of significant successes have been achieved in advancing regulatory convergence, capacity building and effective industry/regulator cooperation which are noted in Leaders’ Declarations and Ministerial Statements. 

China, Australia and the United States propose three activities organized back to back in the margins of the SOM2 in 2017 in Viet Nam: 1) a workshop on the Modernization of Food Safety Control Systems, 2) the 6th Conference of the FSCF, where food safety regulators meet focusing on building a robust food safety system, and 3) the public-private sector  FSCF/Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) Steering Group convention which discusses plans for public/private cooperation on food safety capacity building . These activities conform to FSCF priorities to engage with key stakeholders and promoting alignment to science-based international standards and conformance systems.

Relevance

The FSCF focuses on building robust food safety systems to accelerate progress towards the harmonisation of food standards with science-based international standards to improve public health and facilitate trade. The FSCF continues to make progress in advancing the FSCF Action Plans to Implement the APEC Regulatory Cooperation Plan in Export Certificates and Pesticide Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) respectively; advancing food industry and food safety regulator cooperation; advancing capacity building in food inspection systems, laboratories, proficiency testing,  aquaculture, antimicrobial resistance strategies, and updates on domestic food safety regulations. The next conference of the FSCF will be held at SOM2 in Viet Nam in 2017. 

APEC Leaders and Ministers for Trade have recognized progress made by the APEC FSCF to the goals of regulatory convergence in the APEC region, capacity building and effective industry and regulator cooperation. Concrete impacts of FSCF and PTIN work have been demonstrated and were identified in a metrics study completed in 2015. APEC Leaders have acknowledged the FSCF as a priority each year since 2007 and acknowledged the importance of communication between regulators and industry in the Leader’s Declaration and Ministerial Statements, 2014 and 2015. 

The proposing economies earmarked three activities to engage key stakeholders and promote alignment to science-based international standards and conformance systems.

a)  An FSCF PTIN Workshop on the Modernization of Food Safety Control Systems will facilitate information sharing and exchange of best practices among regulators, industry and academia in the area of food safety control systems modernization, since many economies are currently modernizing or overhauling their food safety systems to cope with newly emerging food safety challenges. In a stronger globalization background, many of those challenges are shared by different economies. In this environment, it’s critical for APEC economies to communicate with and share experiences with each other, not only for a learning purpose but also for linking or coordinating between different systems. This work will draw upon the Codex Principles and Guidelines for National Food Control Systems.   The continued work in this area will strengthen food safety systems, result in fewer trade disputes, and streamline food trade among APEC economies.

b) The 6th Conference of the APEC FSCF comprises senior food safety regulatory officials from APEC member economies, as well as relevant regional and international stakeholders. The conference will build the capacity of members to modernize food safety control systems, improve food safety regulation, food safety information communication, food safety incident management, food trade facilitation, and continue work on the FSCF Regulatory Cooperation Roadmap for Alignment of Export Certificates and Pesticide Maximum Residue Limits. This will include collaboration with the World Bank and Global Food Safety Partnership, so that all related stakeholder including the private sectors will be familiar with these areas. As part of this capacity building work, members will have the opportunity to reaffirm the key principles and directions of the FSCF; to review and evaluate progress made against FSCF goals; to present and showcase significant successes and challenges experienced by member economies in advancing the FSCF Action Plan and other FSCF recommendations of 2015; to review and advance the FSCF PTIN and other international collaborative partnerships established, to advance the work of the FSCF, including the FSCF’s collaboration with the World Bank and Global Food Safety Partnership; to determine key forward directions and recommendations for the work of the FSCF from 2017-2019. Progress with this work will be reviewed at future FSCF meetings, which are separate to this project.

c) The FSCF PTIN Steering Group convention will include FSCF PTIN Steering Group members, which come from regulatory authorities, food industry, academia, and development banks. The FSCF PTIN is a public-private partnership which provides food safety capacity building in five key areas: supply chain management, laboratory capacity building, risk analysis, incident management, and regulatory systems. This convention will continue the capacity building work undertaken over 2016 including a train the trainer aquaculture workshop in Viet Nam and subsequent mentoring in Chile, Peru, and Viet Nam in an effort to build a network of trainers across the APEC region and provide recently trained trainers with the support needed to deliver training in their own economy. As part of the capacity building work, members will also have the opportunity to review FSCF PTIN progress; discuss the interactivity with international food safety cooperation platforms (i.e. the Global Food Safety Partnership); provide updates on FSCF PTIN and related APEC activities and upcoming workshops; and discuss the PTIN strategic direction. Progress with this work will be reviewed at future FSCF PTIN meetings, which are separate to this project. 

Overall, this project falls under two Rank 1 criteria for assessing APEC-funded projects in 2016. One is “Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations and regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices”, and the other is “Food production, processing, supply chain and trade, including food safety and security …”

Objectives

a) Further build and promote the applicability to share information on modernization of food safety control systems and enhance the communication and coordination of food safety systems between APEC economies.

b) Agree on a tangible forward plan and consider priority food safety activities for the 2017-2019 APEC years.

c)  Promote alignment to relevant science-based international standards and conformity assessment across APEC economies, and wherever possible consistent with WTO obligations, for the export certificate and pesticide MRL regulatory roadmaps and other capacity building activities that have been undertaken since the last conference.

d) To improve internal coordination of policy-making process within economies, and to improve communication between the government and relevant stakeholders, including industry, and raise the awareness among economies of aligning science-based international standards and conformity assessment through regulatory cooperation.

Alignment

This project supports two rank 1 funding criteria as detailed under the objectives. As part of the Honolulu Declaration, APEC leaders announced their commitment to “eliminating unjustifiably burdensome and outdated regulations” and to fostering “greater alignment in regulatory approaches”. The APEC Regulatory Cooperation Plan was endorsed by the FSCF to meet the Declaration, where in 2013, the FSCF developed an Action Plan, endorsed at its 4th conference in Surabaya, to implement the APEC Regulatory Cooperation Plan and progressed in the FSCF Special Session in 2014 and the 5th FSCF conference and associated events in 2015. The goal is to promote alignment to relevant science-based international standards wherever possible consistent with WTO obligations. The projects on export certificates and pesticide MRLs have been underway since 2013, where lead economies are developing methodologies to advance regulatory cooperation across the APEC region, with the intention to showcase the efforts in 2017.

The project will fulfill the Operating Principles and goals of the FSCF. The APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum Operating Principles were reaffirmed and endorsed by the FSCF in Cebu in August 2015 noted that FSCF will meet again in 2017 in the margins of SCSC2, which was submitted to and confirmed by SCSC.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project will contribute to the APEC trade and investment liberalization and facilitation under the Osaka Action Agenda, particularly action areas of import pesticide MRLs and export certification within the food trade; investment to food safety through capacity building (clause 4) activities in the region through transparency and information sharing, dialogues between food industries and food regulators and providing freely available capacity building training and study; aligning food safety standards (clause 5) through the work on regulatory cooperation in pesticide MRLs and export certification; development and dissemination (clause 5) of guideline and training materials to build standards and conformance to align with science-based international standards, build and enhance good regulatory practice; and recognize conformity assessment by collaborating with Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs) with a focus on food safety.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The Workshop on the Modernization of Food Safety Control Systems will enable member economies to share information and exchange best practices amongst food safety regulators, the food industry and academia in the area of food safety control systems modernization, given many economies are currently modernizing their food safety systems. The workshop will increase economies’ understanding of the Codex Principles and Guidelines for National Food Control Systems facilitate and bolster greater cooperation and coordination among regulators and with industry within and across APEC economies, focusing on issues collated from member economies. Experiences from representative economies will be presented and discussed during the workshop, and recommendations of action after the workshop will be made.

At the 6th Conference of the APEC FSCF, the Co-Chairs and FSCF will reaffirm the directions of the FSCF to enable continuity and retain focus on the key food safety challenges and issues, such as the modernization of food safety control systems, better food safety regulation, food safety information communication, food safety incident management, food safety capacity building. The FSCF will review and evaluate progress made against the FSCF goals to identify achievements and areas for further development. FSCF will also present and showcase significant successes and challenges experienced by member economies in advancing the FSCF Action Plan and other FSCF recommendations. They will also review and advance the work under the FSCF PTIN and the Global Food Safety Partnership. The FSCF will determine and confirm key forward directions and recommendations for the work of the FSCF from 2017-2019.

The FSCF PTIN Steering Group convention consists of food regulators, food industry, academia, and development banks. This convention will review FSCF PTIN progress; discuss the interactivity with international food safety cooperation platforms (i.e. the Global Food Safety Partnership); provide updates on FSCF PTIN capacity building activities, discuss upcoming workshops; and discuss the PTIN strategic direction. 

Outcomes: For the Workshop on the Modernization of Food Safety Control Systems, through view exchanging before and presentation & discussion during the workshop, valuable experiences will be summarized and concerns will be concentrated together with recommendations of action. What’s more, it’s possible that some cooperation plan, both bilaterally and multilaterally, will be initiated after the workshop. In the medium to long term, the outcomes of this workshop may be expected in the following aspects: more communication between regulators of economies, pilot coordination among some economies, broader view for some economies when modernizing their system and even effects reaching out of APEC region. Also in the medium term, participant economies can be expected to use the training materials highlighted during the Workshop to identify priority need areas in their individual food safety systems, and to develop strategies to mitigate the gaps. Participants will have the opportunity to share information and seek technical assistance opportunities through the networks established during the Workshop. 

The 6th Conference of the APEC FSCF will build the capacity of members to modernize food safety control systems, improve food safety regulation, food safety information communication, food safety incident management, food trade facilitation, and continue work on the FSCF Regulatory Cooperation Roadmap for Alignment of Export Certificates and Pesticide Maximum Residue Limits. This will include collaboration with the World Bank and Global Food Safety Partnership, so that all related stakeholder including the private sectors will be familiar with these areas. Participants will showcase work already undertaken and work done under the FSCF regulatory cooperation plans. In addition to this capacity building work, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to recommendations for future work that is affecting their economy and identify whether additional food safety issues or capacity building is needed. The discussions would enable participants to consider leadership of future work. The outcomes obtained by each participant would generate greater knowledge, skill and capacity, as a take home message to enable the dissemination of lessons learnt in their home economies. 

The FSCF PTIN Steering Group convention will continue the capacity building work undertaken over 2016 including a train the trainer aquaculture workshop in Viet Nam and subsequent mentoring in Chile, Peru, and Viet Nam in an effort to build a network of trainers across the APEC region and provide recently trained trainers with the support needed to deliver training in their own economy.  In addition, work on industry regulator cooperation will be continued through finalizing an FSCF PTIN Industry Regulator Roundtable on Public Comment.  The PTIN will review a paper developed on the Best Practices of Industry Associations and ways to best use and disseminate that work among APEC economies will be discussed, all with the goal of encouraging the use of public comment and industry engagement in the transparent development of food safety regulations. The PTIN will also.consider future capacity building as well as strategic directions. 

Beneficiaries: The direct users of the outputs from the proposed three APEC FSCF events are food safety regulators, food industries and academia in the area of food safety and capacity building. The level of expertise by food safety regulators, industry representatives and academic leaders would be those of the executive and director level of their organisations, a position to take on the tangible outputs of the FSCF conferences and share and implement within their home economies and encourage communication and coordination. Specifically, the workshop on the modernization of food safety control systems is targeted to delegates that lead teams in their economies in terms of food safety programs, implementation of such programs. The 6th conference of the APEC FSCF is targeted to food safety regulatory decision makers (i.e. Director, Executive levels) of their respective economies. The PTIN Steering Group convention is an opportunity for 1) industry, 2) academic and 3) government officials to convene, with an aim to link the three food safety expert areas to build and link capacity through the APEC region. 

The APEC FSCF encourage economies to consider gender equality when electing delegates to participate in the events through adhering to the general principles of the APEC gender guidelines to enhance the participation of women. This approach has led to successful gender representation in previous conferences. 

The FSCF strives to encourage all member economies to participate in the events, which in recent years have had over a 75% representation of member economies in all events. 

The FSCF also strives to collaborate with similar and relevant APEC foras, including the Policy Partnership on Food Security, the High Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Blue Economy, Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, and Advanced Technology Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG). Food regulators from member economies also have an established linkage with food industries and industry peak bodies in the region, and continually building this linkage will build a long term benefit to the safety of food, reducing trade barriers and building capacity in the region.

Dissemination

APEC FSCF delegates and their teams are encouraged to participate in the full suite of FSCF events to provide input to the workshops, contribute to the strategic direction/discussion and collaborate on the outputs directly.  In addition, the workshop materials will be available electronically on the PTIN and FSCF websites. In addition to regulatory and industry representatives, academic representatives and other food safety/trade organisations will be freely able to access the training programs developed into their existing curricula or training programs as needed. This demonstrates that the FSCF ensures that all information and documentation/s is available to all project stakeholders with no restriction on onward distribution to other relevant stakeholders.  The PTIN website is administered by the United States and the FSCF website is administered by Australia and both are regularly updated in and out of APEC sessions.

No sale of project outputs is intended.

Gender

Both men and women in the APEC region are affected by food safety and food trade issues. The project overseers team (China) is led by both male and female delegates. The US and Australia proposing economy leads are facilitated by both genders according to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals of the Guidebook on APEC Projects. 

Consultations with the project co-sponsors, in which both male and female participants are reflected, indicate no significant gender disparities in the project focal areas. 

It has been recognized globally, the role of women in the food trade within APEC member economies. The project overseer and proposing economy representatives recognize the value of the participation of qualified female participants / candidates to address food safety issues and enhancing the role of women in food safety practices in various settings. The project overseer and proposing economies will work to identifying a valuable female candidate, perhaps as a keynote speaker/s at the conferences to  give key note speech which will reflect the gender issue of participation of women in FSCF and food safety practices in various food preparation and trade sectors in the APEC region. 

For each workshop/conference, speakers will be recruited to reflect those with strongest ability to contribute to the subject matter, without preference.  Following each workshop, we will collect information/data from participants to enable us to determine whether the FSCF will need to make adjustments in consultation with the project leads and secretariat.

Work Plan

Timeline:

February 2016 - September 2016: Seek co-sponsors, finalise project proposal and engage with stakeholders on the intent of the 2017 APEC activities. Identify opportunities for speakers at the Workshop and formal FSCF conference (including qualified female speakers), identify outputs since the last FSCF conference to take forward and report on in 2017; identify opportunities and gaps to be covered at the workshop.

September 2016 - December 2016: Commence workshop agenda planning and scoping for select speakers within the budget. Notify the FSCF and relevant stakeholders of the pending events in Viet Nam. Identify innovative opportunities where necessary for the direction of the workshop and outputs beyond the workshop. The planning team will also consider the formal APEC FSCF & PTIN events, speakers, participants and identify opportunities for discussion, revision and opportunities for the future direction of the FSCF. Deliverable outputs include identifying agenda topics, opportunities for discussion and future direction and a draft agenda. 

January 2017 - February 2017: Finalise invitation and nomination details, workshop objectives and circulate to the APEC FSCF and relevant stakeholders. Deliverable output is to engage and confirm with speakers, circulate a draft agenda, commence participant list inside and outside of APEC and identify and confirm travel-eligible delegates. 

February 2017 - March 2017: Finalise logistics with the Viet Nam team for workshop layout and layout for the PTIN and APEC FSCF conferences. Work towards finalizing papers, presentations and obtain biographies and submit with DRRFs to the APEC Secretariat. Deliverable output is to finalize papers, agenda, speakers and other administrative arrangements involved in preparing for the workshop (such as travel-eligible delegate flights, enquiries) and to submit relevant papers to the Secretariat. 

April 2017 - May 2017: Implement the 1.5 day workshop on the margins of the SOM2 events in Viet Nam (final dates TBC). The funded workshop on Modernization of Food Safety Control Systems will involve  senior representatives of food safety agencies, industry associations, and large, medium and small food companies to come together and identify emerging and future food safety challenges, as well as, opportunities and methods for addressing them with  regulatory cooperation and public-private cooperation. The workshop will open the floor to regulators, industry and academia to discuss modernization of food safety control systems in their economies to share information and to keep coordination among APEC economies, which could help further implement FSCF documents, the Cebu Statement and Beijing Statement. Outcomes on how to modernize food safety control systems, draw upon available international guidance, and strengthenand maintain coordination between APEC member economies will be documented.

The 6th FSCF conference will involve Senior food regulatory officials from APEC member economies, as well as relevant regional and international stakeholders including representatives from the APEC Wine Regulatory Forum (WRF), and delegates from Specialist Regional Bodies.  Academia and industry will be invited to share their contributions and comments to FSCF members. The FSCF will (1) reaffirm  key FSCF principles and directions; (2) review and evaluate progress made against the FSCF Action Plan and FSCF Regulatory Cooperation Roadmap for Alignment of Export Certificates and Pesticide Maximum Residue Limits; (3) present significant successes and challenges experienced by member economies in advancing FSCF work; (4) review and advance international collaborative partnerships, including the collaboration with the World Bank and Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP); and (5) determine key forward directions and recommendations for the work of the FSCF from 2017-2019. 

The FSCF/PTIN Steering Group convention will bring together members of the FSCF PTIN Steering Group which is made up of representatives from industry, government, academia, and development banks, to discuss progress made against PTIN strategic objectives and future direction.  The goal of the FSCF PTIN is as a public private partnership to provide food safety capacity building in five key areas: supply chain management, incident management, regulatory systems, risk analysis, and incident management.

June 2017 - July 2017:  Draft and finalise the workshop reports, the Statements from both the FSCF conference and the PTIN steering group. Ensure collaboration with other foras on the outcomes from the workshop and conference. Finalise the reports and statements for presentation to the SCSC2 in August 2017. 

Evaluate outcomes and identify opportunities for future work. 

August 2017: Update relevant website content (www.foodstandards.gov.au and www.fscf-ptin.apec.org). 

Overall, to ensure gender diversity, the planning team will influence through the invitation to encourage that all member economies consider the participation of women at the APEC FSCF suite of events.

Risks

We, the proposing economies (China, Australia and the United States) view the project-related risks as low. Given many of the workshops and activities are planned to take place on the margins of the APEC SOM2 events to maximize participation and ensure that the target event draw the appropriate level of interest from regulators, industry associations and academia. The project leads have been collaborating successfully in recent years and have demonstrated significant achievements and outputs of events through 2013-2015 under the then Multi-Year Project. The FSCF has provided food safety leadership and outcomes to the region over the past nine years, with consistent leadership throughout; it has significant engagement and involvement from a large majority of APEC economies. This demonstrates the low risk given the experience and expertise held by coordinators. The project leads and where necessary, the co-sponsoring economies communicate regularly via teleconference and email as planning proceeds. Furthermore, the APEC FSCF continuously strives to build a suite of events in the APEC year that builds on, rather than duplicates efforts of the work of other APEC fora and beyond. 

The project leads intend to mitigate the risk associated with this project by:

·  Consulting with FSCF member economies and relevant in the margins of the 2016 events and out-of-session and well ahead of the 2017 events.

·  Continuing engagement - We intend to collaborate closely with the member economies as workshop planning evolves, agendas are defined, and speakers are selected.  We intend to maintain strict internal deadlines for finalizing agenda and speaker selection.

·  Prompt dissemination of results to FSCF members and relevant stakeholders.

. Attuned review of evaluations – This will enable us to factor feedback into enhancing subsequent phases of the project.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Project Overseer and lead economy for each of the respective workshops/conference will be responsible for tracking progress, which includes the distribution of a project report and participant evaluations for each activity.  Feedback received will be used to make adjustments throughout the life of the project.  Workshop and post-workshop collaboration may also be used to build discussions in other forums. The FSCF Secretariat will also work alongside project overseers and economy leads to facilitate and coordinate the work. 

Each of the workshops and conferences build on work and efforts previously undertaken. Overall, the workshops/conferences will contribute to building capacity in food safety and enhancing trade in the region. The activities to be undertaken in each element of the project will drive towards achieving the overall objective and goals of the APEC FSCF. The Project Overseer and workshop/conference leads will cooperate with FSCF members as well as with other stakeholders to ensure that each activity within the project is well executed and meets its goals and objectives. 

Historically, all FSCF workshops, have attracted 75-100 participants from APEC economies, invited / approved food industry and academic stakeholders. Reflecting on results obtained in 2015 of economy participation, the FSCF has seen approximately 75% of APEC member economies participating. 

The proposing economies will consider surveys for the evaluation of each workshop/conference to enable the FSCF to collect accurate and measurable information to allow the group to make relevant adjustments and amendments into the future. 

Impacts of past FSCF and PTIN capacity building were well documented through a Metrics Survey undertaken in 2015 in preparation for the fifth in-person meeting of the FSCF PTIN Steering Group in the Philippines.  The Steering Group commissioned an evaluation to examine the success of the its capacity building efforts to date, and solicit recommendations on possible metrics to more rigorously monitor and evaluate future work. The evaluation was conducted by US- APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI). The evaluation’s conclusions recognized PTIN’s ability to provide unique benefits to its members through the bringing together of a large range of economies and stakeholders. The report also identifies that PTIN’s trainings are being applied by the large majority of participants, resulting in improved practices and concrete policy changes by APEC economies. PTIN’s relevancy, effectiveness, and value in terms of training, curricula development and networking are distinguished within this report. The areas where PTIN programs have had the greatest impact include the introduction of science-based methods, improved cooperation in food safety incident management, harmonization of food safety regulations and the development of replicable training materials. Areas identified for improvement included the need for better and more regular communications to members.  The full evaluation is available on the PTIN website (fscf-ptin.apec.org).  This survey will be a benchmark for future work and identify areas of strength and weakness for future planning.

Linkages

The FSCF have established a positive and influential cooperation with the Wine Regulatory Forum, particularly in the work of the APEC Regulatory Cooperation projects in export certification and pesticide MRLs. The WRF will be co-locating its 2017 conference with this project. Through the capacity building activities, there is continued collaboration and engagement in the FSCF and PTIN work through participation/representation/input at the meetings of the Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS), the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and the Blue Economy (HLPDFSBE), Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, and Advanced Technology Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG). The APEC FSCF also has regular direction and positive feedback from the Chair of the Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) and regular mention in the Leaders and Ministerial Statements.

The collaboration and linkage of the FSCF and its work in a variety of APEC foras ensures that there is no duplication of efforts for previous and ongoing APEC initiatives. The work builds on priorities set out in the 2013 APEC year, revisited in 2014 and 2015.

The FSCF is a very successful forum, and it will demonstrate remarkable contributions to the broader APEC region. It will also facilitate the building of food safety capacity in the region.

An example of the FSCF PTIN and the World Bank Global Food Safety Partnership agreed to a three year alignment of food safety capacity building activities in the APEC region.  A recent example of cooperation is the 2015 aquaculture train-the-trainer program in Viet Nam, (CTI 09 2015) entitled: Preparing Trainers to Deliver Sustainable Education to Prevent Food Safety Concerns Threatening Aquaculture Development including Related Concerns for Disease Management- a Joint FSCFPTIN and World Bank GFSP Program. Subsequently, left over project funds were allocated towards mentoring of trainers in Peru and Chile to provide training in their own economies.  Work is also progressing with New Zealand to put forward a self-funded project proposal to provide Viet Nam with mentoring as well.  This intends to work towards building a network of aquaculture trainers across the APEC region that will be able to successfully provide aquaculture training independently in their own economies.

Lastly, APEC is the best source for these funds because of the importance of safe food trade and the economic benefits in the APEC region.

Sustainability

The proposed suite of APEC FSCF events reflects the agreed priority work areas of the FSCF and its PTIN, which are evaluated and reconfirmed when APEC FSCF meet. These priorities support improved food safety systems in APEC economies, enhanced food supply chains, better laboratory practices, and use of science-based international standards.  The long term benefit will be facilitated trade and improved public health outcomes for the region. 

The workshop on food safety systems will provide significant and sustainable knowledge to workshop participants which will enable them to engage with and disseminate lessons learnt with colleagues and other agencies in their home economies. Communication and cooperation will continue after the workshop, given there is a strong need for upgrading the systems in many economies. For example, China, US and other economies are renewing and implementing food safety systems and outreaching to other trade partners to ensure a good collaboration between the system and stakeholders. A suite of activities will be taken in those economies. If possible, following workshops, other activities will be held in the future, to continue the discussion and collaboration among APEC economies, which will further extend the effect and impact of this workshop. The Progress on outcomes could be measured by a survey, if necessary and by assessment of the actual changes in food safety systems in the economies. 

The food safety work under the FSCF and PTIN has shown measurable success in effecting policy and technical improvements in a number of economies. Many economies have been active leaders of specific work streams, including Australia (incident management and MRL Roadmap), Canada (allergens), Chile (food safety regulatory systems and AMR), China (proficiency testing and industry-regulator cooperation), Indonesia (importance of SMEs), Korea (risk-based inspections), Viet Nam and United States (aquaculture train the trainer) and United States (Export Certification Roadmap, industry-regulator cooperation).  The previous demonstrated success of the Multi-Year Project (M CTI 03 12A) approach from 2013-2015, has shown the ability of the FSCF to drive and build on work already completed and demonstrate its effectiveness. The outputs of FSCF will also have demonstrable effect, particularly through its Action Plans on Regulatory Cooperation in export certification and pesticide MRLs.

Project Overseers

Dr. LIN Wei as the Project Overseer, will manage the project, including managing of contractors and specialists involved. Dr. LIN Wei is the Co-chair of the APEC FSCF and Director General of the Import and Export Food Safety Bureau, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine  (AQSIQ) of the People’s Republic of China. From 2000-2006 Dr. LIN was the Deputy Director General of Chinese WTO/TBT-SPS Notification Authority and Enquiry Point and participated in the Negotiation of Accession of WTO. During that time, he also took part in the market access negotiation on agricultural products between China, the United States, the European Union, and Australia.  During 2005-2006, he acted as the Deputy Director General and Professor of Research Center of Standard and Regulation of AQSIQ.  Prior to this, Dr LIN. was Professor of the Plant Protection Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture from 1994-2000. Dr LIN holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the China Agricultural University. 

Main Point of Contacts:

1.  Dr. YANG Binbin (yangbb@aqsiq.gov.cn) is the Division Director of Division 4 of Import and Export Food Safety Bureau, AQSIQ and as one of the main contacts of APEC/FSCF issues of China Co-Chair.

2.  Ms Lisa TENGDAHL (Lisa.Tengdahl@foodstandards.gov.au) is the international liaison officer and leads Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) international activities and Secretariat to the APEC FSCF and Australia Co-Chair.

3.  
Ms Renee HANCHER (Renee.Hancher@trade.gov) leads the Standards and Policy negotiations in the Office of Standards and Investment Policy of the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration.

Ms Megan CROWE (Megan.Crowe@trade.gov), is a Senior International Trade Advisor from the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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