European Working Community for Food-Inspection and Consumer Protection is a joining together of professional organizations for Food-Inspection from the Member-States of the EU.
It was founded in 1991 by the Founder Members Germany and France.
EWFC promotes uniform Food Inspection in the EU and looks after the professional interest of its 3.500 Members.
At first, the aims were to set-up and organize food-inspection, training of food-inspectors and future co-operation in the EU. So the main task was to make a European organization for staff, who are working with food-monitoring and consumer protection.
EWFC made it a rule to try to contact professional organizations in all Member-States of the EU. It should consider the organizations of Food-Inspectors, Veterinarians and meat-Inspectors, Food-technicians and engineers, Food-chemists etc.
It’s aims and objectives are to promote the professional interests of its members, exchange experiences, continuation of the training and co-operation with the expert organisations at EU Level.
EWFC intends being an association capable of being heard by the European Commission to be able to help in the construction and the development of legislation.
What has E.W.F.C. achieved up to now?
In February 1994 a talk with the EU Commission Sanco took place in Brussels. It was among other things about an exchange-programme for people in the food monitoring area, with financial contributions from the EU, employment opportunities and standardized training-contents for food inspectors in the EU as well as the privatisation of the food monitoring and the admission in the consumer's committee of the EU. Still in 1994 the exchange could be protected by food controllers within the EU.
The exchange-programme with the name "Karolus" allowed people who are active in the official food monitoring process to participate.
"Guidelines for good control practice" and "Guidelines for official sampling" both guidelines were supported financially as projects by the EU and already offer good assistance to the new member countries.
participation in EU projects to "aid development" for the new member-countries of the EU
participation in projects on the basis of intergovernmental agreements (at present there are many inquiries for Twinning projects in the new member-countries from Eastern Europe)
for Food and non-food inspectors in other European countries with financial subsidy from the EU
Where the EWFC want to go?
Official controls offer the best level of Food Safety for consumers
For the protection of the consumer and to guarantee food safety in the EU the EWFC presents the view, that only official controls guarantee a neutral and financially independent monitoring. This was formulated in a statement to the draft of the European constitution.
The EWFC recommends a qualified and harmonized training and continuous professional development of the control staff, as well as a multidisciplinary plan. Attention should be paid to the fact, that an uniform European standard is compiled for the training programme.
The EWFC as a platform of the European food surveillance could use its knowledge and its experience for training.
In the future several European projects should be organized to harmonize and standardize monitoring procedures.