Project Title

Facilitating Trade through the Strengthening of Food Safety Emergency Systems of APEC Economies 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 23 2016A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 23 2016A 

Project Title

Facilitating Trade through the Strengthening of Food Safety Emergency Systems of APEC Economies 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

147,616 

Co-funding Amount

26,000 

Total Project Value

173,616 

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)

Chile 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Mexico; New Zealand; Peru; Russia; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2016 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Constanza Miranda 

Job Title 1

Risk Analysis Support Unit 

Organization 1

Chilean Food Safety and Quality Agency (ACHIPIA), Ministry of Agriculture 

Postal Address 1

Nueva York 17, 4th Floor, Santiago Centro, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 1

56-2 227979900 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

constanza.miranda@achipia.gob.cl 

Project Proponent Name 2

Diego Varela 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

International Affairs, Chilean Food Safety and Quality Agency (ACHIPIA) 

Postal Address 2

Nueva York 17, 4th Floor, Santiago Centro, Santiago, Chile 

Telephone 2

56-2 227979900 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

diego.varela@achipia.gob.cl 

Declaration

Constanza Miranda and Diego Varela 

Project Summary

According to APEC 2016 rank 1 priority of promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment through standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations and regulatory cooperation, including good regulatory practices, Chile is pursuing APEC funding to conduct a workshop on strengthening food safety emergency systems considering FSCF priorities on food safety and its previous work in this regard. The workshop will focus on sharing APEC economies´ experience in this matter through the exchange of the ways in which they had coped with food safety emergencies, as well as protocols and guidelines. The workshop is intended to be held in Santiago, Chile, in 2017. The outcome of the project will be to collect data from APEC economies on their food safety emergency system, and to promote a better understanding of similarities, differences and needs to strengthen the capacity of preventing and responding to an emergency within APEC region. This would enable the establishment of set of recommendations to adequately respond to food safety emergencies.

Relevance

Food safety emergencies[1] cause a great impact in public health and overall economy, especially when it comes to foods traded among economies. A rapid, efficient and coordinated preparedness and response to food safety emergencies allows to reduce considerably these impacts. In APEC region, there are economies that have accomplished a significant progress in this topic, strengthening their response plans to food safety emergencies. However, there are some other economies with different levels of progress in this matter.

As other important international initiatives have been carried out in food safety emergencies, this project aims to strength international cooperation of APEC economies focused on improving of food safety emergency systems and their coordination.

This project is focused on understanding the progress made by APEC economies in their food safety emergency systems[2], disseminating and promoting implementation of FSCF and Food Safety Incident Network (FSIN) recommendations and of World Health Organization´s network INFOSAN as the overarching global communication network for food safety incidents.

In addition, this project aims to generate new recommendations regarding strengthening and harmonizing food safety emergency systems of APEC economies, which would benefit mostly APEC economies without this system or in early stages of its development. This would in turn benefit the region as a whole as it would consolidate the regional capacity of responding to food safety emergencies.

The objective of a medium-long term action plan would feed back into Food Security Information Network (FSIN).

This project supports APEC 2016 rank 1 priority of promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment trough the following areas:

­- Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices: The workshop will bring together key stakeholders of APEC region, international experts, export associations, government policy makers and risk managers, and consumer associations, in order to raise awareness and build their technical capacities on the food safety emergency system of APEC economies. This will help to harmonize the way in which APEC economies cope with food safety emergency and to set a common regulatory framework over the region, in accordance to the priorities of the 2007 mandate of the Food Safety Cooperation Forum.

Additionally, the project will be aligned with FSCF food safety objectives and priorities through:

­- Developing transparent information-sharing and communication networks;

­- Harmonizing food safety standards, to the extent possible, with international standards and encourage food safety systems consistent with WTO SPS and TBT Agreements; and

- Enhancing skills and human resource capacities to enable the development of APEC member economy´  food safety regulatory systems that are harmonized with international standards.

This project will further develop and implement FSCF-agreed approaches to improve food safety incident preparedness, response and recovery mechanisms within APEC, a strategic goal from Big Sky, Montana 2011 and the Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, Surabaya 2013.


[1] Food safety emergency is an accidental or intentional situation in which a competent authority points out an uncontrolled risk associated to food with potential and significant negative repercussions in public health that requires urgent and special measures.

[2] Food safety emergency system corresponds to the set of policies, regulations, procedures, institutions, capacities, human and financial resources, and relevant actors allowing an APEC economy or a group of economies to provide a rapid response into a food safety emergency.

Objectives

1) Improve the capacity in food safety emergency preparedness and response through enhancing understanding of the regulatory structure, protocols, international recommendations and experiences of APEC economies.

2) Discuss and agree the development of principles for food safety emergency preparedness and response plans, taking into consideration international recommendations, food trade and the heterogeneity of APEC economies.

3) Elaborate a set of recommendations for cooperation among APEC economies for the development, harmonization and strengthening of food safety emergency preparedness and response plans.

Alignment

This project is aligned with:

·  The 2007 APEC Leaders' Declaration, section Enhancing Human Security, emphasized the importance of food safety and Leaders agreed to "develop a more robust approach to strengthening food and consumer product safety standards, using a scientific risk-based approach, and without creating unnecessary impediments to trade".

·  The conclusions of the Food Safety Cooperation Forum done in Big Sky, Montana in the year 2011, where it was indicated “that there is significant preparedness and goodwill from government and industry to work together in a true partnership approach to improve the APEC region’s capacity to deal with emerging food safety issues and resultant food safety incidents”.

·  The Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security adopted in 2010 that “building the capacity of economies to produce, access, and distribute safe food, as well developing appropriate food safety regulation, is an integral element for food security”.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project contributes to APEC trade and investment liberalization and facilitation established in Part 1, Section C Point 5 of the Osaka Action Agenda regarding to Standards and Conformance Objective and Good Regulatory Practice, specifically in aspects of the SPS Agreement. In relation to Point 5, the generation of recommendations for cooperation among APEC economies for the development, harmonization, and strengthening of their food safety emergency systems would reduce negative effects in food trade provoked by food safety emergencies within APEC region.

The proposed project will become a fundamental platform not only for developing economies but also for developed APEC members, in terms of providing a better understanding of similarities, differences and needs to strengthen the capacity of food safety emergency systems. When food safety emergencies occur, developing economies are the most affected due to their weak and inefficient food safety emergency systems, since they cannot meet the standards of developed economies jeopardizing not only public health but also their prestige as food producers.

There will be sessions throughout the workshop focused on experience sharing of the implementation of successful food safety emergency systems and on recommendations to establish a cooperation plan among APEC economies for the developing, harmonizing and strengthening their food safety emergency systems.

Finally, an electronic working group will be established as a coordination mechanism through which APEC economies will work in their cooperation plan and share the progress on the implementation of their food safety emergency systems. The electronic working group will be in charge of collecting information on the current state of food safety emergency systems of APEC developing economies, in terms of their existence, weaknesses and difficulties they had to cope with in the design and implementation process. In addition, information on challenges in strengthening their systems will be gathered. This information will be analyzed and shared among all APEC economies, in order to elaborate together a set of recommendations and base line protocols useful and applicable by developing economies for the strengthening of their food safety emergency systems. A monitoring of the usage of the recommendations will be carried out through the electronic working group, with the possibility of experience sharing, delivering new suggestions on the recommendations, and identifying potential cooperation topics among APEC economies.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:

1) Workshop: The three-day workshop in October 2017 to strengthen food safety emergency systems of APEC economies. There will be a session on international recommendations and analysis of the differences and similarities of systems, and two sessions to define the needs for capacity building to prevent and respond to this kind of emergencies across the APEC region. Competent authorities from each APEC economy, as well as representatives from the industry among other stakeholders will be invited to participate to the workshop.

2) Report: A report of the meeting with information on current situation in this matter, similarities, differences, needs and recommendations identified for the strengthening of food safety emergency systems within APEC economies. The report will be elaborated through questionnaires and bilateral meetings with APEC economies representatives, along with the results of the workshop. The report will also contain recommendations for a cooperation plan among APEC economies for the development and strengthening of these systems in developing economies. The distribution of the report will be through the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN), posted on the existing PTIN website (http://fscf-ptin.apec.org) and shared through the Electronic Working Group on food safety emergency systems described below. The report will be shared through INFOSAN and Codex Alimentarius in order to request comments and suggestions for improvement.

3) Electronic Working Group (eWG) on food safety emergency systems: The eWG will consist of representatives of all APEC member economies, food industry and other relevant stakeholders, and will operate as a coordinating mechanism to keep all APEC economies updated in their progress of their food safety emergency systems through the development of the project until one year after the completion of the project. It will be the mean by which information will be collected to build a cooperation plan for strengthening these systems in the region. It will also provide a platform for future projects, dialogue and cooperation to address food safety emergencies. The eWG will have direct linkages with SCSC, as it will be a member of the eWG, so the updates can be disseminated through other APEC platforms. Additionally, every food safety agency or equivalent in APEC region will be notified on the existence of this initiative and invited to participate in it. INFOSAN and its network will be invited to participate in the eWG.

4) Recommendations: The recommendations are given regarding how APEC economies should develop, strengthen and harmonize their food safety emergency systems in order to reduce the negative impacts of an inadequately managed food safety emergency (public health and economies). The recommendations will be developed through the revision of successful strategies from other economies in this matter, as well as international organizations recommendations. These recommendations will be included in the report before mentioned.

5) Article: An article (hard copy and digital) will be published on the APEC Bulletin in order to disseminate to the community project development, outputs and outcomes.

Outcomes: The project is based on collaboration and exchange of experiences in the development of food safety emergency systems for the benefit of all APEC members. Therefore, this project intends to establish a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders to address the possible heterogeneity of systems, in turn promoting the strengthening and harmonization of these systems.

Based on the presentations, discussions and recommendations of the workshop, it is expected that participants can improve their knowledge and awareness of the importance of preventing and controlling food safety emergencies in an efficient and effective manner. Consequently, the workshop will raise useful suggestions on regulations and best practices of food safety emergency systems that can be incorporated once they return to their home economies or organizations. In addition, the improving of the technical capabilities of those responsible for these systems is expected, in order to develop and implement best practices and government regulations on the prevention and adequate management of food safety emergencies.

Through the establishment of the eWG to share experiences in the management of food safety emergencies and strategies for the implementation of a cooperation plan for the strengthening of these systems within APEC region, it is expected an improvement in the food safety emergency response of the region. This may have a positive impact in reducing repercussions in public health and food trade caused by food safety emergencies.

Beneficiaries: The direct project participants and users of the outputs are government officials, government policy makers and risk managers who are directly or indirectly involved in food safety emergency systems and and its respective regulation. Food industry representatives and export associations will also participate and use the outputs of the project, as they are significantly affected by some of the changes in the food safety emergency systems and regulations.

Representatives from the industry and export associations from each economy will be identified through a survey conducted before the workshop. As an example, the stakeholders from these sectors in Chile would be the National Agriculture Society (SNA), Association of Fruit Exporters from Chile (ASOEX), Federation of Fruit Exporters from Chile (FEDEFRUTA), Trade Union of Swine Producers of Chile (ASPROCER), Trade Union of Olive Oil Producers of Chile (ChileOliva), National Society of Fishery (SONAPESCA), Salmon Industry Association (SalmonChile), among others.

The level of responsibility of the participants should be high in their own fields, as they can exert an influence and be actively involved in the decision-making process regarding food safety emergency system and regulations.

The benefits arising from this project involve directly all APEC economies and indirectly non-member economies, regardless of their level of development, since one of the main objectives is to achieve harmonization of food safety emergency systems throughout the APEC region.

Moreover, APEC economies will benefit from the reduced burden of inadequately managed food safety emergencies, due to improved responsiveness to address them.

Dissemination

-  The report will be distributed through the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN), posted on the existing PTIN website (http://fscf-ptin.apec.org), and shared through the Electronic Working Group on food safety emergency systems and to other stakeholders and organizations of interest.

-  The Electronic Working Group on food safety emergency systems will be constituted by representatives of all APEC member economies, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), food industry and other stakeholders, and will operate as a coordination mechanism to maintain all APEC economies updated on their progress of their food safety emergency systems through the development of the project until one year after the completion of the project. It will be the mean by which data will be collected to build the report and cooperation plan, and it will also provide a platform for future endeavours, dialogue and cooperation in coping with food safety emergencies. The eWG will have direct linkages with SCSC, as it will be a member of the eWG, so the updates can be disseminated through other APEC platforms. Additionally, every food safety agency or equivalent in APEC region will be notified on the existence of this initiative and invited to participate in it. Linked to the eWG, other communicational platforms will be implemented for this Project, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The before mentioned platforms will be managed and coordinated by ACHIPIA staff, from the area of International Affairs.

-  Article: An article will be published on the APEC Bulletin in order to spread project development, outputs and outcomes in the community.

Gender

The project will follow the principles stated in the San Francisco Declaration endorsed by APEC Economic Leaders in 2011, which called for APEC members to take concrete actions to develop the full potential of women, actively integrate them into APEC economies, and maximize their contributions towards economic growth. Therefore, as a way of raising awareness that 50% of food production in Asia is carried out by women, during the workshop it will be strongly emphasized the manner in which changes in food safety regulations may affect differently men and women food producers.

The project also will take into account the eight tasks the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) provides as a mechanism to integrate gender considerations into APEC activities. The PPWE also delivers policy advice on gender issues and supports gender equality where relevant to the APEC process. Thus, the report on strengthening of food safety emergency systems will be shared with the PPWE, as a way to integrate women in the strengthening process. This would affect, for instance, in promoting gender equality among the representatives from the competent authorities and the private sector (producers and exporters of food products) in charge of the design, implementation and decision makers of the food safety emergency systems.

In consequence, throughout the development of the project gender equality will be strongly promoted through the engagement of women in the different activities and as a special element to be considered in the development of the recommendations. The project will encourage women participation in attempt to respect gender equality regarding speakers and participants. Additionally, it is highlighted that one of the Project Overseers is a woman.

Work Plan

Timeline of Actions:

a) Identify and contact project participants, January- February 2017: In this stage of the project, through the APEC contact points of the different economies, project participants will be identified and contacted to deliver invitations to participate in the workshop. Each APEC economy will be responsible for identifying suitable project participants according to their qualifications, level of expertise, field of work, level of responsibility, and institution. A profile of the desired participant profile can be included in the invitation letter. This will result in the creation of a participant list. 

b) Identify and contact project Speakers, January- February 2017: Project overseers will identify, contact and invite speakers for the workshop. Speakers will also have to fulfil a desirable profile, level of expertise and responsibility to participate in this workshop. Speakers could be selected not only from APEC economies but also from international organisms, such as INFOSAN and FAO. This will result in the creation of a speaker list. 

c) Design of a survey to identify the current situation regarding food safety emergency systems of APEC economies, March 2017: A survey aimed to understand and compile all relevant food safety emergency systems already implemented in APEC economies and those that will be in the near future. For the development of this stage, the support of the co-sponsor economies with high levels of maturity in their food safety emergency system will be required, such as United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

The survey will include a set of questions for evaluating the incorporation of other fora recommendations in the food safety emergency system of APEC economies. Additionally, the survey will contain a special section for collecting data from APEC economies that have not implemented any food emergency system or have not implemented international recommendations, in order to identify critical points and gaps for the future implementation of them. 

d) Establish the eWG, March 2017 (finish March 2018): The eWG will be constituted by representatives of all APEC member economies, food industry and other stakeholders, and will operate as a coordination mechanism to maintain all APEC economies updated on their food safety emergency systems through the development of the project until a year after project completion. It will be the mean by which data will be collected to build the report, and it will also provide a platform for future endeavours, dialogue and cooperation in coping with food safety emergencies. The eWG will have direct linkages with SCSC, as it will be a member of the eWG, so the updates can be disseminated through other APEC platforms. Additionally, every food safety agency or equivalent in APEC region will be notified on the existence of this initiative and invited to participate on it. This will contribute to the promotion of the eWG usage and increase the impact of the project by expanding the dissemination of the updates on food safety emergency systems over APEC region. The report of this project and other relevant information, such as the survey included in the project, will be circulated through this group. 

e) Send the survey to APEC economies, April 2017: Once elaborated and discussed with co-sponsors economies, the survey will be sent to all APEC economies. APEC economies will have one month to complete the survey and send it back to the PO. 

f) Compile and build the report on the current situation of food safety emergency systems of all APEC economies, May-October 2017: The report will be prepared through the compilation of the survey answers of each APEC member economy, and it will be complemented with the outcomes of the workshop. The report will also contain recommendations on how international standards, such as Codex Alimentarius ones, can be used to facilitate trade and the development of food safety emergency systems in the APEC region. This stage will need the support of all APEC economies regarding the sharing of relevant information on food safety emergency systems,to include them in the report. 

g) Elaborate the workshop agenda, May 2017: Once speakers are identified and contacted, workshop agenda will be prepared and sent through the co-sponsor economies for comments. 

h) Send the workshop agenda to participants, May 2017: As soon as co-sponsors have approved the workshop agenda, it will be sent to all the participants, as a first draft workshop agenda. 

i) Request the permission, May 2017: Permission will be requested for the participation of APEC non-member economies in the workshop, if it was necessary. 

j) Carry out the workshop, October 2017: The workshop is the principal activity of this proposal. The workshop should cover the following topics through speakers presentations, group discussions and breakout sessions: 1.- Enhance understanding of the regulatory structure, protocols and experiences of APEC economies in food safety emergency preparedness and response; 2.- Discuss and agree on the minimum standards for food safety emergency preparedness and response plans, taking into consideration international recommendations and food trade; and 3.- Elaborate a set of recommendations for cooperation among APEC economies for the development, harmonization and strengthening of food safety emergency preparedness and response plans. Workshop participants are expected to be government officials, government policy makers and risk managers, food industry representatives and export and consumers’ associations. Approximately 100 participants would be anticipated.  As a result of the workshop, the eWG on food safety emergency systems list of participants will be created.

k) Elaborate report of survey and workshop, November 2017: Elaboration of the report, containing the survey and workshop results, and its dissemination through FSCF for review and improvement suggestions.

l) Publish the report on recommendations for cooperation among APEC economies for the development, harmonization and strengthening of food safety emergency systems in FSCF-PTIN website, November 2017: The distribution of the report will be through the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF), Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN), posted on the existing PTIN website (http://fscf-ptin.apec.org) and shared through the Electronic Working Group on regulatory food safety emergency systems described before. 

m) Write an article, December 2017: An article will be wrote and published on the APEC Bulletin, in order to disseminate to the community project development, outputs and outcomes.

n) Prepare the project completion report, December 2017: When all activities are concluded, the PO will complete and submit the project completion report within two months from the conclusion date of the workshop (December 31, 2017).

Risks

Risk

Description

Mitigation

Speakers

Selection of suitable and prominent candidates with relevant experience

Early consultations with APEC economies in identifying prominent speakers.

Cancellation of speakers

Ensure back-up speakers for the workshop and send the invitations straightaway when there is a cancellation of a speaker.

Participants

To get quality and quantity from APEC economies

Consult with co-sponsoring economies to set general criteria for participants and highlight it in the general information document sent for nominating workshop participants;

If possible, ask APEC travel-eligible economies to designate at least one delegate from the policy-making sector.

Encourage participation through the SCSC and FSCF.

Awareness

Dissemination and marketing of the event

Actively and early market and promote the event through the SCSC and FSCF representatives.

Organization and products elaboration (outcome)

Organization of the workshop and elaboration of the products involved in the project

Besides POs, ACHIPIA will allocate two professionals with experience in organizing this type of activities for the coordination of the workshop. Regarding the elaboration of products, POs will count with the support of two professionals from the Risk Analysis Unit of ACHIPIA.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project will be monitored and evaluated by several indicators:

1) Workshop:

a) Pre workshop survey (April 2017): Number of surveys completed by APEC member economies received by the PO. The survey will be sent to the APEC economies on April 2017, in order to calculate a rate of response of APEC economies and use it as an indicator of interest in this matter.

Indicator 1: Percentage of answered surveys ([Number of answered surveys/Number of surveys sent] *100). 5 surveys will be sent by each APEC economy (21*5= 105). Acceptable range= from 85% to 100%.

Indicator 2: Percentage of APEC economies that have answered at least 1 survey ([Number of APEC economies/Number of APEC economies who answered at least 1 survey] *100). Acceptable range= from 95% to 100%.

b) Workshop attendance (October 2017): the success of the project will be measured by the number of participants and delegates of different APEC economies attending the workshop.

Indicator 3: Percentage of attendants to the workshop ([Number of invitations sent/Number of attendants to the workshop] *100). 5 invitations will be sent to each APEC economy (21*5= 105).

Acceptable range= from 85% to 100%.- Post workshop survey (October 2017): A workshop assessment survey will be distributed to all project participants. This survey will evaluate the relevance of the project for APEC economies, as well as the results and achievements arising from the workshop and its outputs. This survey will also assess the extent to which participants would be able to apply the knowledge obtained in the workshop in their economies, and it will provide the opportunity to participants to share their opinions for further initiatives in this field. 

Indicator 4: Percentage of APEC economies with at least 1 survey answered ([Number of APEC economies/Number of APEC economies with at least 1 survey answered] *100). Acceptable range= from 95% to 100%.

2) Report:

- Number of APEC member economies included on the report (December 2017): The report will be a data collection of the current situation of food safety emergency systems in the region and the recommendations for developing a cooperation plan for improving, harmonizing and strengthening of food safety emergency systems of APEC economies. The number of economies that made available information about this topic will be an indicator of interest in this matter. The report will provide recommendations for APEC economies to use in their own systems.

Indicator 5: Percentage of APEC economies included in the report ([Number of APEC economies/Number of APEC economies included in the report] *100).

Acceptable range= from 95% to 100%. 

Recommendations:

- Post project survey (December 2017): A second survey, a year after the project completion will be sent to the participating economies to collect information on any change occurred due to the implementation of the project recommendations.

Indicator 6: Percentage of APEC economies with at least 1 survey answered ([Number of APEC economies/Number of APEC economies with at least 1 survey answered] *100). Acceptable range= from 95% to 100%.

eWG:

- Participation on the Electronic Working Group on food safety emergency systems (November 2017): Number of APEC member economies that have participated on the eWG through the information sharing of their food safety emergency systems updates.

Indicator 7: Percentage of APEC economies participating in the eWG ([Number of APEC economies/Number of APEC economies participating in the eWG] *100).

Acceptable range= from 95% to 100%.

Final Report: Feedback from Food Safety Cooperation Forum (December 2017): a final report will be elaborated, which will include workshop, survey and eWG results. It will be sent to the FSCF for feedback and improvement suggestions. 

Article: Publication of an article on the APEC Bulletin (December 2017).

Linkages

APEC FSCF, APEC Leaders agreed on the need to develop a more robust approach to strengthening food safety standards and practices in the region, using scientific risk based approaches and without creating unnecessary impediments to trade. To this end, they called for increased capacity building to improve technical competence and understanding of food safety management among stakeholders in the supply chain, from government regulators to growers. In the 3rd Food Safety Cooperation Forum Meeting carried out in the United States in 2011 the topic of Food Safety Standards and Regulatory Systems was fundamental. The same situation occurred in the 4th Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) conducted in Indonesia in 2013, where “Towards Regulatory Cooperation” was the heart of the meeting. Finally, this project will provide useful and complementary information to “APEC High Level Regulator-Industry Food Safety Dialogue”, activity carried out in Beijing, China in September 2014, and therefore, to the general priority of APEC “greater alignment in regulatory approaches”. Hence, this project contributes significantly to the progress and achievement of these goals.

The project takes into account the eight tasks the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) provides as a mechanism to integrate gender considerations into APEC activities.

The project has linkage with the works of Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) and Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS).

Sustainability

One of the most important results of the project is the report on recommendations on the strengthening and development of food safety emergency systems throughout the APEC region. This report will provide content regarding the current situation in this matter, similarities, differences, needs and recommendations which may be identified for the strengthening of food safety emergency systems of all APEC economies, which can be used by each APEC economy and non-member economies as an input for their own food safety systems. The report will also offer recommendations on how APEC economies should strengthen their capacities in the prevention and response to food safety emergencies, thus facilitating trade and promoting economic integration in the region. These recommendations should be a guide for the entire region. In order to assess the impact of these recommendations, a second survey, one year after completion of the project will be submitted to APEC economies to gather information on any change occurred due to the implementation of the project.

Another significant output of the project is the eWG on food safety emergency systems. The eWG will be constituted by representatives of all APEC member economies, food industry, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and other stakeholders, and will operate as a coordination mechanism to maintain all APEC economies updated on their food safety emergency systems through the development of the project until a year after project completion. It will be the mean by which data will be collected to build the report, and it will also provide a platform for future endeavours, dialogue and cooperation in coping with food safety emergencies. The eWG will have direct linkages with SCSC, as it will be a member of the eWG, so the updates can be disseminated through other APEC platforms. Additionally, every food safety agency or equivalent in APEC region will be notified on the existence of this initiative and invited to participate in it. This will contribute to the promotion of the eWG usage and increase the impact of the project by expanding the dissemination of the strengthening of food safety emergency systems over APEC region. This coordination mechanism contributes to the solution of the lack of rapid communication among economies and provides quick sharing platform of the updates on food safety regulations and mechanisms to cope with food safety emergent issues. The eWG will be managed by Chile, and, in principle, it will maintain its function until December 2017, when depending on its impact and usage, there will be evaluation to decide its permanence in the future. This initiative has been greatly appreciated by some APEC economies that support this project.

Survey design, sending, collection and processing will be in charge of International Affairs Unit of ACHIPIA. This task does not need any additional support, in terms of hiring more staff.

Project Overseers

PO: Ms. Constanza Miranda, Veterinarian, MSc. of Nutrition and Food, and MSc. of Sustainable Systems.

Coordinator of the Risk Analysis Support Unit of the Chilean Food Safety and Quality Agency (ACHIPIA). Previously worked in research projects in the Nutrition and Food Technology Institute (INTA) of University of Chile, where currently delivers a course in postgraduate programs on food safety and food security field. E-mail:  constanza.miranda@achipia.gob.cl \

PO: Mr. Diego Varela, Veterinarian, MSc.

International affairs and Codex contact point of the Chilean Food Safety and Quality Agency (ACHIPIA). He previously worked as country and project manager for the Caribbean sub region of the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI), and as a Food Safety Consultant of the Regional Office for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He worked closely with Latin American and Caribbean economies enhancing their overall food safety and food quality situation through long and short term technical projects, consultancies, e-learning courses, seminars and workshops with focus on FAO, Codex Alimentarius and WTO recommendations. E-mail:  diego.varela@achipia.gob.cl.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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