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AGES Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - RESEARCH FOCUS presentation 2013


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The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a government owned agency attached to the Federal Ministry for Health and to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. AGES was established on the basis of a Federal law as a private entity (limited company) with a public service mission.

The business areas of AGES are Food Security, Food Safety, Animal health, Public Health, Medicines and Medical Devices, Radiation Protection, Statistics and Risk Assessment and Research and Capacity Building. AGES is responsible for food from soil to fork, effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants and providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products.

AGES executes federal state tasks in the areas conducts research in the areas above mentioned. AGES is recognized as "research" and "non-profit" organization according to FP7 rules for participation.

AGES operates the federal laboratories related to food and feed safety, water analysis and radiation protection, the main diagnostic laboratories related to food safety and human health, animal health and plant health. AGES’s laboratories serve as national reference laboratories according to Regulation No. (EC) 882/2004, as national reference laboratories for animal diseases (OIE), as reference center’s for infectious diseases and as official laboratories for plant health, seeds and propagating material.

AGES employs approximately 1.350 persons, of whom more than 40% are scientists or experts with academic degrees (approx. 300 PhDs and 15 university professors) in nearly all disciplines related to food and health safety.

DI. Mag. DDr. Alois Leidwein
Tel.: +43 (0)50 555 – 34853

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AGES Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - RESEARCH FOCUS presentation 2013

  1. 1. Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit AGES – Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Health for Humans, Animals and Plants Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer, AGES Academy Contact: Dr.Dr. Alois Leidwein
  2. 2. 2 Our Vision “Health for Humans, Animals and Plants”
  3. 3. 3 Our Mission Our Mandate: Protection AGES is THE leading expert organisation for minimising healthcare risks, food safety risks, food security risks and consumer protection risks. Our Responsibility: Austria AGES is a limited liability company fully-owned by the Republic of Austria, which carries out services based on the Health and Food Safety Act (GESG), special administrative laws and the relevant European directives. Our Tool: Knowledge AGES works at interdisciplinary levels. Thus, we use bundled, scientifically proven expert knowledge. AGES is a partner in national and international networks. Our Competence: Comprehensive Solutions The AGES service range encompasses analysis, assessment, monitoring, certification and licensing. We use an approach based on risk assessment principles to maximise healthcare, food safety and consumer protection within AGES’s reach: we assess risks, provide risk communications, give advice on risk management and also conduct risk management in government agencies.
  4. 4. 4 Areas of Competence AGES’s major areas of activity • Agriculture and Food Security • Public Health • Food safety and consumer protection • Animal Health • Medicines and Medical Devices Market Surveillance collaborate in testing, approving, consulting and conducting research to protect health and ensure food safety. • Overall issues ο Integrated Risk Assessment ο Radiation Protection ο Research, Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building
  5. 5. 5 AGES Structure FoodSecurity VeterinaryMedicine FoodSafety PublicHealth AustrianMedicine& MedicalDevicesAgency Radiation Protection Data, Statistics & Integrative Risk Assessment Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer, AGES Academy Business Area Department 1) 2) 1) Austrian Federal Office for Food Safety 2) Austrian Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare
  6. 6. 6 Locations Food Security* Veterinary Medicine Public Health Austrian Medicine & Medical Devices Agency Radiation Protection Data, Statistics & Integrative Risk Assessment Food Safety *The department Food Security operates several experimentation stations in addition to its premises in Vienna and Linz.
  7. 7. 7 What is AGES aiming at? AGES aims at • safe food production from the soil to the fork • effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants • providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products
  8. 8. 8 Capacity Building within the Food Production Cycle
  9. 9. 9 Impact orientation of AGES 1. Improve the state of communicable diseases affecting humans 2. Improve the state of food borne diseases 3. Further development of integrated risk based methods within the cycle humans – animals – plants - soil 4. Freedom of animal and plant diseases 5. Faultless goods including feeding stuffs and water 6. Safe and effective medicines and medical devices 7. Food security and ensuring competitiveness of agricultural production, particularly by ensuring faultless agricultural inputs 8. Develop research for being able to perform official tasks and current issues 9. Well informed and economic operators and consumers
  10. 10. 10 Key Figures AGES = Mandated Body o AGES = Federal Authority and Limited Company • Federal Office for Food Safety • Federal Office for Safety in Health Care o Owner: Republic of Austria • 50% Federal Ministry of Health • 50% Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management o Founded by federal law in 2002 o Merger of 18 formerly independent institutions o Staff: 1.350 o Locations: Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Mödling, Salzburg o approx. 500 000 samples with 4.2 million tests per year o Annual budget: approx. € 110 Mio.
  11. 11. 11 • Agro-ecology and Biodiversity • Epidemiological models, economic assessment • Apiculture • Faultless Goods and Food Safety • Faultless Water • Nutrition and Consumer protection • Food Security • Research Infrastructures • Food borne diseases and Zoonosis • Method Development and Risk Assessment • Sustainable Plant Production • Radiation Protection • Animal Nutrition and Feedingstuffs • Animal Health • Communicable diseases Strategic Research Questions
  12. 12. Business Areas Description 12
  13. 13. 13 Business Area Agriculture/Food Security • Seeds & Potato plant material • Plant varieties • Plant genetic resources • Soil health & Plant nutrition • Plant protection products • Plant health • Feeding stuffs • Apiculture • Specific analytics • Agricultural experimentation • Marketing standards
  14. 14. 14Health, Food Safety Agricultural Reference Laboratories and collections • National Phytosanitary Laboratory • Official Seed Testing Laboratory • Official Testing Laboratory for Potato Varieties • National Seed Bank • National Variety List • National Gene Bank for cereals and legumes Specific laboratories • Soil Laboratory • Laboratory for feeding stuffs National Reference Laboratories
  15. 15. 15 Business Area Food Safety & Consumer Protection Health - Food Safety – Food Quality Main tasks • Appraisal of food samples • Generating control plans for food inspection • Expertise for Codex Alimentarius and politics • Consumer goods and cosmetics • Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) • Novel Foods • Analytics and National Reference Laboratories
  16. 16. 16 • Biochemistry • Pesticide Residues • Veterinary Drugs & Hormones • Hydroanalysis • Chemistry Cluster (PAHs, Vitamins & Biomonitoring, Mycotoxines) • Radiation Protection & Radiochemistry • Elements (Trace Elements & Heavy Metals, Fertilizer & Plant Analysis) • Radioecology & Radon Analytics Health - Food Safety – Food Quality
  17. 17. 17Health, Food Safety NRL for feed and food • Milk and milk products • Zoonosis (salmonella) • Marine biotoxines • Monitoring the viral and bacteriological containment of bivalve mollusks • Listeria monocytogenes • Staphylococcus • E. Coli • Campylobacter • Parasites (in particular Trichinella, Echinococcus and Anisakis) Antimicrobial resistance • Animal proteins in feedingstuffs • Residues of veterinary medicines and contaminants in food of animal • Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy’s (TSEs) • Additives for use in animal nutrition • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) • Material intended to come into contact with foodstuffs • Residues of Pesticides • Cereals and feeding stuffs • Food of animal origin and commodities with high fat content • Fruits and vegetables, including commodities with high water and high acid content • Single residue methods • Heavy metals in feed • Heavy metals in food • Mycotoxins • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons • Dioxins and PCBs in feed and food • Water content in poultry meat National Reference Laboratories (acc. Regulation EC 882/2004)
  18. 18. 18 Business Area Animal Health Health - Food Safety – Food Quality Main tasks • Animal disease control • Zoonosis • High security laboratories • Reference laboratories
  19. 19. 19 Health, Food Safety NRL for animal health and live animals • Classical swine fever • African horse sickness • Avian influenza • Newcastle disease • Swine vesicular disease • Fish disease • Bivalve Mollusc Diseases • Rabies • Bluetongue • African swine fever • Foot-and mouth disease • Brucellosis • Equine infectious anaemia • Crustacean diseases • Bovine Tuberculosis • Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSEs) • Bovine viral diarrhoea National Reference Laboratories (acc. Regulation EC 882/2004 & OIE) • Aujeszky’s disease • Psittacosis • Enzootic bovine leucosis • Peste des petits ruminants • Vesicular stomatitis • Lumpy skin disease • Sheep and goat pox • Rift valley fever • Rinderpest • Glanders • Dourine • Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis/Infectious pustular vulvovaginitis • Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, Porcine Teschovirus • Para–tuberculosis • Swine vesicular disease • Parasites and p. zoonosis
  20. 20. 20 Business Area Public Health Health Main tasks • Medical Microbiology • Hygiene • Infectious Diseases • Epidemology • Water (bathing, mineral and drinking waters) • National Reference Centres
  21. 21. 21 Business Area Medicines & Medical Devices Agency Main tasks • Pharmacovigilance • Official medicines control laboratory • Market authorization & Lifecycle management • Inspections, medical devices, haemovigilance • Science & Innovation
  22. 22. 22 BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) Regional and local authorities BMLFUW (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management) BAES (Federal Office for Food Safety ) Food and Feed Safety Authorities in Austria AGES (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety)
  23. 23. 23 Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) Authority for implementation of following acts: • Seeds Act • Plant propagating materials Act • Plant varieties Act • Plant protection products Act • Plant health Act • Feeding stuff Act • Fertilizers Act • Marketing standards Act §
  24. 24. 24 Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) Authority for implementation of following acts: • Austrian Medicines Act • Medicinal Products Import Act • Blood Safety Act • Medical Devices Act • Compulsory Prescription Act • Austrian Tissue Safety Act • Inspections according to the Addictive Drug Act §
  25. 25. 25 International Cooperation 1. Capacity Building 2. Research Projects 3. Agricultural Experimentation 4. Networking
  26. 26. 26 International Cooperation 1. Capacity Building ο Twinning ο Development Cooperation
  27. 27. 27 Capacity Building Projects Twinnings • Bulgaria (BG/2007/IB/AG/06/UE/TWL), Testing, Field Inspection and Seed Control for GMO control of seed and propagating material (2007) • Czech Republic (CZ/06/IB/AG/08-TL): “Improved Implementation of Acquis in the Area of Food Safety Surveillance (2009) • Slovakia (SK06/IB/HE/01/TL): Improving analyses and risk assessments regarding residue pesticides (2008 - 2009) • Turkey TR 07 IB EN 01, Capacity strengthening and support of implementation of Nitrates Directive in Turkey (in co- operation with Austrian Environmental Agency –UBA), • Latvia (LV/2006/IB/AG-02TL): Strengthening of the capacity of the Competent Authorities on the application of food hygiene requirements in the specific sectors of food chain, running (in cooperation with Agrarmarkt Austria -AMA), • Czech Republic (CZ/05/IB/AG/01-TL): The optimization of CISTA control activities in the field of feedingstuffs safety in the frame of Reg (EC) 882/2004 implementation • Serbia (SR/06/IB/JH/01): Implementation of Integrated Border Management in Serbia (in cooperation with the Austrian Agency for European Integration and Economic Development - AEI) • Lithuania (LT/2005/IB/AG01): Administration of Import/Export, Market Information System, effective use of Farm Accountancy Data Network and Organic Agriculture (in cooperation with Agrarmarkt Austria -AMA) • Slovenia (SI/2005/IB/AG/04): Risk assessment methodology and Risk assessment in the food chain regarding microorganisms (in cooperation with Agrarmarkt Austria -AMA) • Bulgaria (BG/2004/IB/EC/01): Strengthening of the system for health control on trade with chemical substances, preparations and products and strengthening the capacity for control on the novel foods and novel food ingredients, and for control on the irradiated foods and food ingredients (in co-operation with Austrian Environmental Agency –UBA) • Cyprus (CY/2003/IB/EN/01/TL): Developing of capabilities for integrated risk assessment of chemicals at State General Laboratory (SGL)* (in co-operation with Austrian Environmental Agency –UBA), • Slovakia (SK/03/IB/EN/02): Biosafety Monitoring System (AGES in co-operation with Umweltbundesamt – UBA) • Slovenia (SI/2003/IB/EC/02): Further development of chemical safety (Ages in co-operation with Umweltbundesamt - UBA) • Regional Countries (West Balkan): EU-CARDS Regional Programme "Support to and Coordination of Integrated Border Management Strategies" • Poland: EU-PHARE Project: "Agriculture Information System“
  28. 28. 28 Capacity Building Projects Better training for safer food European commission, organisation and implementation of training activities concerning the evaluation and registration of plant protection products and control of their proper use and marketing Development Cooperation • Serbia: Integrated Regional Development Plan of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (agriculture, organic agriculture) Bilateral Projects • Saudi Arabia: Laboratory training for experts of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (2010-12) • Croatia: Laboratory trainings • Lithuania (2008): Workshop – GMO in feed inspections for Lithuanian officials • Bulgaria – TAIEX (2007): Workshop on phytosanitary inspections at import and transit Cooperation with international organisations • UNIDO: “Food Safety Infrastructure in Palestine - The way forward” (2010) • UNIDO: Thai national food institute study visit (2010) • IAEA: Bangladesh: Establishing a Veterinary Drug Residue Laboratory Algeria: Training Laboratory “Antibiotic Residues in Food of Animal Origin” Various countries: "Development of Radiometric and Allied Analytical Methods to Strengthen National Residue Control Programmes for Antibiotic and Anthelmintic Veterinary Drug Residues" (2009 - 2013)
  29. 29. 29 International Cooperation 2. Research Projects
  30. 30. 30 Research - Challenges • Climate change adaption • Food security • Food safety • Human health • Plant health • Animal health
  31. 31. 31 Examples of running research projects National financed projects • Consequences of climate change on ecosystem functions, water balance, productivity and biodiversity of agricultural soils in the Pannonian area. • Modelling epidemiological and economic consequences of Grapevine Flavescence dorée phytoplasma to Austrian viticulture under a climate change scenario • Climate change induced invasion and socio-economic impacts of allergy-inducing plants in Austria • Food security risks for Austria caused by climate change • Appearance of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera L. in Austria • Actions for bee health promotion – elucidation of unclarified bee losses • Copper as Plant Protection Product – Strategy for a sustainable use • Development of a geo referenced exposure model for the evaluation of Plant Protection Products regarding ground water contamination risks
  32. 32. 32 Examples of running research projects EU financed projects (Framework Programme) • Soil Transformations in European Catchments • European Phytosanitary (Statutory Plant Health) Research Coordination I • European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents • Coordination of European Research on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock
  33. 33. 33 International Cooperation 3. Agricultural Experimentation
  34. 34. 34 Field trials Technical experimentation greenhouses – quarantine cabins tissue cultures/lysimeter
  35. 35. 35 Tirol Vorarlberg Salzburg Tirol Kärnten Burgen- land Fuchsenbigl Gleisdorf Hörzendorf Schönfeld . Dt. Jahrndorf Weiz Gießhübl Ritzlhof Jetzing Taufkirchen Gumpenstein Tulbing Pummersdorf/Hofing Kilb St. Andrä Kalsdorf Kappel Völkermarkt Experimentation stations Fluttendorf Eltendorf Paurach Hatzendorf Andau Albrechtsfeld Frauenkirchen Nikitsch St. Andrä Tadten Absdorf Ebergassing Gaisruck Gerhaus/Pachfurth / Nickelsdorf Mallon Melk Neuaigen Pottendorf Pultendorf/Prinzersdorf Phyra Dietach Mitterbachham Naarn Niederabsdorf Blaustauden Eichhorn Hohenau Trials in test stations Field trials Enns Wartberg Alkoven Breitbrunn Bierbaum Stang Eichfeld Strass Weinberg Wieselburg Staasdorf Tulln Wolfpassing Weikendorf Fraham Weißkirchen Authal Kobenz Söding St. Georgen Unterwölbling Unterwaltersdorf/Schranawand Winklhof Petzenkirchen Rossa RamsauWurmbrand Pehendorf Zinsenhof Reidling Zissersdorf Rutzendorf Breitstetten Haringsee Stammersdorf Linz Freistadt Großnondorf AGES Wien Grabenegg Experimentation stations • Weinviertel • Marchfeld • NÖ und OÖ Alpenvorland • SO- Flach- und Hügelland • Kärntner Becken • Wald- und Mühlviertel
  36. 36. 36 Lysimeter Research facility for soils Sandy chernozem Teep chernozem Moisty Black Soil
  37. 37. 37 Lysimeter – Status quo
  38. 38. 38 Lysimeter – measuring systems
  39. 39. 39 AGES Services AGES Academy Training, further training and information events Contact: Product Warnings Information on product recalls and product warnings per email or RSS feed (Subscription: Folders & Brochures Special information & consumer tips (to order or download: AGES Newsletter Special information & consumer tips per email (Subscription: AGES in Social Networks