October 25, 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine
Premier Palace Hotel, Training room
Risk Assessment and the Role of Laboratories in the US and Ukraine
This workshop was a follow-up to a joint initiative of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and BRIDGES and focused on the concept and applications of risk assessment and food safety lab capacity. Janie DuBois, US expert, director, IFSTL, was the keynote speaker and covered the following issues:

  • US Risk Assessment System: its role in achieving food safety, core functions, role of competent authorities, mechanisms for interaction with other government agencies and business;
  • a comparative analysis of the U.S. vs EU approaches in risk assessment;
  • risk-based approach and hazard-based approach in SPS risk assessment; pros and cons of both approaches, differences in application, international consequences;
  • the role that trade associations play in the U.S. and Ukraine in influencing the ability to analyze and comment on both domestic and foreign SPS measures.
Risk assessment and regulation of chemicals used in agriculture and the food industry is a very sensitive issue for Ukrainian manufacturers and laboratories. Mykola Prodanchuk, Professor, Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, L.I. Medved Scientific Center for Preventive Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety under the Ministry of Health of Ukraine spoke about the Codex standards and their scientific basis, risk assessment in Ukraine.
Oksana Kravtsova, Head of the Research Department of State Scientific and Research Institute of Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary and Sanitary Expertise, reported on the current state of risk assessment system and laboratory network in Ukraine.

Janie DuBois ended the seminar with case studies of risk assessment to demonstrate how various agencies in the food safety system in the US react if there is an outbreak of a disease or another threat.

In total, the event brought together 80 business and government representatives from Ukraine, the United States, Moldova and Georgia, including representatives of the Ukrainian government, lawmakers and executive bodies, heads of business associations and farm managers, laboratories involved in the food safety assessment system. The event has become a productive platform for discussing and finding solutions in building an effective state system.