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Study on research required on origin checks of agricultural products and foodstuffs

The European Commission, DG VI, has launched an open call to tender for a study to identify the research work required on checks on the origin of agricultural products and foodstuffs.

In order to identify the problems arising in verifying the compliance of products with the specifications registered under Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs and the solutions found, the Commission intends to carry out an assessment of the procedures used by the Member States.

The study should take account of the provisions of the common organizations of the markets for agricultural products concerning checks on products and the results of research currently under way into checks on the conformity of products (in particular on their authenticity).

The study will involve economic operators in the sectors concerned and the inspection services, possibly via the national delegates to the committee provided for in Article 15 of Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92. It will also identify the research required to determine reference methods for verifying compliance with the Regulation.

The study is in two parts, one definite, the other optional. The first part is a survey of the procedures used or planned in the Member States to carry out the checks required under the Regulation and a description of the common factors. The second part involves identifying the remaining problems, drawing up a list of the additional or new methods required and preparing the necessary work programme.

The work will initially cover the following products: cheese, olive oil, fresh beef and veal, cured pork, honey. This exploratory work will cover the methods used in the Member States and research designed to improve them. It must cover all methods used (documentary, physico-chemical, organoleptic, etc.).

The programme of research work required in order to establish reference methods for verifying compliance with the Regulation must aim at:

- Pinpointing possible areas of synergy between the different forms of conformity check carried out on products (for both official and private reasons);
- Better organizing inspection procedures to take account of the constraints and needs of the production-marketing chain;
- Coordinating conformity checks and quality inspection procedures in order to prevent risks.

The work programme should take account of the timetable of any research work currently under way on the conformity of products which has relevance for checks on compliance with the Regulation. The study will cover all the EU Member States.

The contract will last for four months for the definite part, and an additional three months for the optional part, which will depend on the funding available.


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