The APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) is a forum of food safety regulators. It seeks to build robust food safety systems in the Asia-Pacific region that are consistent with the Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) of the World Trade Organization.
It is co-chaired by Australia (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) and China (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China, AQSIQ).
The FSCF met in September 2014 in Beijing, China, where a suite of food safety events were held, responding to the 2014 APEC China year theme of Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership.
Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN)
The Food Safety Cooperation Forum’s Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) was established with the endorsement of APEC leaders in 2008 to address the need to engage the food industry and academia with the regulators to strengthen capacity building in food safety. PTIN work has entered the implementation phase of designing sustainable training modules that can be used by the FSCF network. Work is focusing on four priority areas to improve the availability and accessibility of training – risk analysis; supply chain management; food safety incident management; and laboratory capacity. For more information visit the PTIN website.
Global Food Safety Partnership
To build on the good working relationship that had been established with the World Bank, at the APEC FSCF suite of events in United States (May 2011) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the FSCF Co-Chairs and the World Bank, focussing on collaboration on food safety capacity building in the APEC region.
The GFSP has a five-year work program of food safety projects and advisory services. An initial pilot series of training programs were developed in partnership with APEC, including training on food safety prerequisites and HACCP, supply chain management, food safety incident management, laboratory competency, risk analysis and food safety regulatory systems.
The GSFP program will also aim to provide assistance for incident management for high priority food hazards and strengthen analytics and metrics. A monitoring and evaluation component of the effectiveness of the Partnership in achieving its aims has also been built into the work program.
Food Safety Cooperation Working Group
The inaugural meeting of the Food Safety Cooperation Working Group was held on 12-13 April 2012 at the FSANZ offices in Canberra, Australia.
The working group aims to facilitate improved collaboration between APEC, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and WHO Western Pacific Region (WPRO) in the area of food safety, by improving communication and utilising existing resources and knowledge to improve food safety outcomes in the Asia Pacific region.
The meeting objectives were to discuss how best to facilitate cooperation between members, and to identify opportunities for future collaboration.