On April 10-11, 2018 in Grange (Republic of Ireland) the
representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor held a working meeting with the
representatives of the Directorate on Health and Food Audits and Analysis of
the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission
(DG SANTE), led by Director - Ms. Paola Colombo.
In accordance with the request of the Russian side, the Directorate’s
draft report was discussed, following the audit which was held in the Russian
Federation from 9 to 20 October 2017 in order to assess the control of residual
substances and pollutants in live animals and products of animal origin,
including monitoring the use of veterinary medicinal products. In addition, at the
meeting a report on the implementation of the Food Safety and Quality
Monitoring Plan implemented in the Russian Federation in 2017 and the Monitoring
Plan for 2018 were considered.
With a view to resolving the issue as soon as possible and
eliminating the discrepancies in the report, the parties dwelled in detail on
each of the five recommendations of the report and outlined the concrete steps
necessary for the successful implementation of the action plan by the Russian
Also during the discussion, the representatives of the Directorate
noted some progress related to the measures already taken by the Russian
Federation to eliminate the discrepancies identified during the audit and
recognized the Quality and Safety Monitoring Plan as sufficient.
However, the representatives of the Directorate pointed out
that there remains a need for additional actions by the Rosselkhoznadzor aimed
at collecting documentary evidence on the effective implementation of the
measures taken to eliminate each incompliances noted in the audit report.
In this regard, the parties agreed that within 4 weeks the Rosselkhoznadzor
will prepare and forward to the Directorate an updated action plan with
implementation deadlines for each of the Directorate's recommendations.
In conclusion, the parties noted the importance of the face-to-face
format of the meeting, which contributes to a better understanding of the point
of view of each party, which, ultimately, will allow the completion of the
final version of the report.