Piloting the use of vTPA Programmes to improve Food Safety outcomes in Central America

Date de début 
12/10/2020
Date de fin 
11/10/2023

Piloting the use of vTPA Programmes to improve Food Safety outcomes in Central America

Competent authorities are increasingly considering and/or using voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programmes to better inform their risk profiling of food businesses, and more effectively target resources within their national food control systems. Using vTPA programmes can help competent authorities and food business operators to improve food safety outcomes, while allowing each to operate within their defined roles and responsibilities.

The Codex Committee on Food Import-Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) defines a vTPA programme as "a non-governmental or autonomous scheme compromising of the ownership of a standard that utilises national/international requirements; a governance structure for certification and enforcement, and in which food-business operator (FBO) participation is voluntary" (CX/FICS 18/24/6). CCFICS has developed principles and guidelines for the assessment and use of vTPA programmes.

The pilot project in Central America promotes public-public and public-private collaboration to pilot and learn from the use of the vTPA approach in practice, based on Codex principles and guidelines. This will help to modernize national food control systems, move towards a risk-based regulatory framework, and make better use of scarce resources for food inspection.

This project is closely related two STDF pilot projects on the use of vTPA programmes in East Africa, benefiting Rwanda and Uganda, and in West Africa, benefitting Mali and Senegal. With a collaborative and innovative approach, both pilots will convene and connect diverse public/private stakeholders and generate experiences and learnings of relevance for national food control authorities elsewhere.

The STDF and UNIDO held a virtual discussion on accreditation and the role of vTPA programmes. The webinar took place on 9 June 2020, marking the World Accreditation Day. Click here to access the slides, and here to access e-news and video.

Documents 
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PDF icon STDF/PG/682 - Application Form.pdf480.52 Ko
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Reference Number 
STDF/PG/682
Statut 
En cours
Valeur du projet (US$) 
942,612
Contribution STDF (US $)  
619,916
Bénéficiaires 
Belize
Honduras
Entités de mise en œuvre 
Institut interaméricain de coopération pour l'agriculture (IICA)