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Expert groups and working groups

Official Controls expert group

The Official Controls Expert Group (E00911) aims to ensure informed dialogue between the EU countries' competent authorities and the Commission. Its mission is to discuss and potentially agree on issues related to the implementation and enforcement of Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 and the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625.

The Expert Group will also be involved in the development of tertiary legislation based on the empowerments provided by Regulation (EU) 2017/625.

The group meetings provide a platform to:

  • exchange views;
  • clarify Commission’s positions;
  • provide advice and guidance;
  • identify areas in which action is needed to ensure proper and coherent enforcement of EU legislation across the EU countries.

The expert group, established in 2010, is composed of:

  1. the EU countries (Members)
  2. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Network of the Heads of Food Agencies (Observers).

Meetings 2022

9 June: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

29 March: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

25 January: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

Meetings 2021

18 November: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

22 September: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

5 May: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

19 April: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

24 February: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

Meetings 2020

9 September: Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625:

7 July: Entry into the EU:

8 June: Entry into the EU:

24 April: Entry into the EU:

6 February: Entry into the EU:

Meetings 2019

5 September: Entry into the EU:

29 May: Entry into the EU:

29 April: Entry into the EU:

26 March: Entry into the EU:

28 February: Entry into the EU

29 January: Entry into the EU

Meetings 2018

19 December: Entry into the EU

5-6 December: Entry into the EU

21 November: Entry into the EU

6-7 November: Entry into the EU

22 October: Entry into the EU

11 October: Entry into the EU

10 September: Entry into the EU

10 July: Entry into the EU

20 June: Entry into the EU

27 April: Entry into the EU

27 February: Entry into the EU

Meetings 2017

15 December: EURL for plant health

15 December: Entry into the EU

27 October

29 May

10 March

Meetings 2013-2016

8 February 2016

14 September 2015

12 December 2014

14 November 2014

5 May 2014

10 April 2013

Food Fraud group

In 2013 a special formation of the expert group was created gathering representatives in charge of "food fraud" issues.

Meetings

7 December 2015

26 May 2015

22 September 2014

30 April 2014

8 November 2013

8 July 2013

Working group on temporary measures for the import of food and feed of non-animal origin (Regulation (EU) 2019/1793)

Following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 on the temporary increase of official controls and emergency measures governing the entry into the Union of certain goods from certain third countries, this group was created in order to:

  • prepare the biannual revisions of the lists of products of non-animal origin that are subject to increased import controls;
  • discuss issues related to the implementation of the Regulation.

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