Wellington, New Zealand - 25 officials from the ASEAN region attended an animal and animal products import risk analysis workshop from 30 October to 3 November in Wellington, New Zealand. Participants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines attended the workshop delivered as part of implementing the Sanitary and Phytosanitary chapter of the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).
The programme, based on the World Organization for Animal Health Guidelines for Import Risk Analysis for Animals and Animal Products, provided an opportunity for participants to learn the basics of hazard identification, risk assessment, risk management, risk communication and how to structure a robust risk analysis document. Risk analysis experts from New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) delivered the training using presentations, large and small group discussions and worked examples.
The workshop culminated with the ASEAN participants developing a six month work plan on how they intend to implement the knowledge gained from the workshop and integrate this into their organisations’ processes and procedures. Common themes from the work plans included establishing or expanding risk analysis teams, and creating or improving risk analysis procedures and methods.
The week concluded with a field trip to MPI’s Animal Health Laboratory in Wellington to look at how MPI uses risk analysis in an animal health response such as with the recent Mycoplasma Bovis response; and finally a visit to the Wellington Zoo to observe how animal transitional facilities at the Zoo are managed.
The workshop was hosted by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) with support from Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the AANZFTA Economic Cooperation Support Program (AECSP).
The ASEAN Secretariat
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