A European Commission initiative designed to develop an EU training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health, animal welfare rules and plant health rules.

Better Training for Safer Food

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The BTSF initiative is intended for all officials of Member State competent authorities who are involved in official control activities, so as they keep abreast with all aspects of Community law in the areas mentioned above and ensure that controls are carried out in a uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.

Why Should I Attend?

Career Development
Outstanding Courses
Expert Tutors
Social Experience

Knowledge, skills and more

We know that it’s not easy to stay on top of evolving European legislation and best practices in your field, as well as your day job as a busy professional in one of the many areas related to safer food. Our targeted and intensive BTSF training sessions are designed with just that in mind, making sure you get the knowledge and skills that you need for your own professional development.


15 years of industry-leading trainings

Over 15 years of delivering BTSF activities on behalf of the European Commission we have developed a tried and tested methodology for effective and enriching safer food training sessions. And our long experience also means flexibility, as we’re well used to switching things up to best suit the topic of any particular training. Not to forget our recent success in pivoting to online trainings during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Learn from top professionals in your field

Our years of experience in delivering safer food trainings has also allowed us to build a comprehensive network of Europe’s top experts across food and feed law, animal health, animal welfare, and plant health. And with our experienced in-house team of event managers there to make sure that everything goes smoothly, you and your tutors can fully concentrate on getting the most out of the training session.


Get to know your Colleagues

We’re committed with providing you with the best technical know-how, but our training sessions are also an unmissable networking opportunity. With that in mind, we make sure to include opportunities to get to know your international colleagues in a more relaxed setting. That’s why our trainings include fun social activities that will help you build relationships and continue sharing professional tips long into the future.



What's the application procedure?


Are you Eligible?

BTSF EU training courses are provided free of charge for government officials engaged in food and feed safety inspection.

Contact your NCP

Contact your National Contact Point to check for availability and to apply for participation.

Complete your Form

Once the Pre-enrolment form has been submitted, the relevant National Contact Point will evaluate the application.

Enjoy your Training

If the eligibility conditions are met, the participant will be validated for enrolment. You will be informed of the course programme.

What Training Programmes are Available?

We provide trainings right across the spectrum of food safety specialisations, from food and feed law to animal health and welfare, plant health and protection. As soon as we get the green light from the European Commission to launch a new training programme, it’s updated right here on thetrainingplace.eu. So make sure to check back in regularly to stay in the loop about our upcoming sessions!

A walking tour during a training session in Brussels

We have developed a custom training environment for you to learn safely and securly

Our Virtual Classroom

Before you arrive at your training session, we provide you with a comprehensive suite of background information and learning materials via our virtual classroom. This allows you to prepare at your own pace, get the most out of the in-person training and revise at ease afterwards. During the COVID-19 pandemic we also successfully pivoted to fully virtual training sessions, delivering equally enriching online learning experiences.

Tutor Opportunities

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Our network of expert tutors is always growing! Drop us a line if you’re interested in joining the team.