Country profiles and general follow up missions

 

Country profiles are drawn up by the EFTA Surveillance Authority to present in a summary form the control systems related to food and feed safety and animal health and welfare in place in Iceland and Norway.

General follow-up missions are considered complementary to sector specific missions and other follow up actions by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). During general follow up missions, a particular emphasis is put on recommendations repeated in different sectors that address horizontal issues, such as:

  • coordination and cooperation between and within competent authorities;
  • enforcement in case of non-compliances;
  • verification of effectiveness of official controls;
  • crisis management, and;
  • designation of official and national reference laboratories.

It should be noted that the number of open recommendations in the country profiles does not represent per se a measurement of the degree of responsiveness or of the seriousness of non-compliances identified. Some recommendations may be related to minor technical aspects while others may refer to more problematic, systemic issues.

Norway

The Country Profile for Norway was updated in July 2017, following a general review mission in November 2016. The Country Profile is presented in two separate documents, both to increase transparency and facilitate future information update:

  • Part 1 describes the organisation of the Norwegian authorities and their control systems covering the whole chain of animal feed and food production.
  • Part 2 contains an overview of missions carried out by ESA in Norway since May 2010, detailing status for corrective actions regarding recommendations that were addressed during the recent general review mission.

Iceland


The Country Profile for Iceland was updated in February 2017, following a general review mission in September 2016. The Country Profile is presented in two separate documents, both to increase transparency and facilitate future information update: 

  • Part 1 describes the organisation of the Icelandic authorities and their control systems covering the whole chain of animal feed and food production.
  • Part 2  contains an overview of missions carried out by ESA in Iceland since June 2010, detailing status for corrective actions regarding recommendations that were addressed during the recent general review mission.

Liechtenstein

As long as the application of the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products is extended to Liechtenstein, the EFTA Surveillance Authority does not monitor the implementation and application by Liechtenstein of EEA legislation on food and feed safety, animal health and welfare. Consequently the EFTA Surveillance Authority has not drawn up a country profile for Liechtenstein.

 




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