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Fera International Food Safety Training Laboratory

Welcome to the Fera International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL) website

The thriving global food trade offers opportunities for food producing countries around the world to strengthen their economies by exporting to Europe. Yet for those responsible for regulating the food supply chain and protecting consumer safety this presents a significant challenge. According to a recent report from the European Commission, "there has been an alarming increase in food safety incidents" over the past few years.

The Fera IFSTL’s mission is to deliver hands-on laboratory based training in fit-for-purpose analytical techniques for food safety testing, to meet the stringent regulatory requirements for food being imported into the EU.

On this website you will find information about the Fera IFSTL, details of the courses we offer, useful information for course attendees, and details of how to contact us.

What our trainees say:

"I found this course to be extremely helpful. All the lecturers and trainers were very knowledgeable and demonstrated how the different topics could be applied to my organisation. I highly recommend this course to other agencies."

“The Fera IFSTL has delivered a comprehensive, current and customisable training course providing a wealth of information and practical applications of the principles from many recognised technical experts. It has truly furthered international information sharing on residue issues.”

“The training I received was invaluable. I had a lot of questions regarding pesticide analysis before attending the course. I am now more confident that I will be able to perform the analysis and produce accurate results very efficiently.”

IFSTL benefits

  • Courses are delivered by internationally recognised experts from Fera and guest tutors from the Fera network, at our dedicated training facility
  • State-of-the-art analytical equipment is used to train in validated, fit-for-purpose methods
  • Training is informed by up-to-date knowledge of current issues in food safety and EU regulations
  • Excellent networking opportunities with fellow trainees and Fera specialists

Learn about the latest techniques and training available for food safety

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