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What is FLEP?


The EC-Symposium on "Food Control" in Rome in 1989 identified the need to a create a forum which would allow representatives of European food control authorities to meet, exchange information, address inconsistencies and explore practical enforcement difficulties. The Dutch Inspectorate for Health Protection responded to this challenge by inviting enforcement directors from other Member States to a meeting in the Hague in October 1990. During this meeting the delegates agreed to establish an informal European Forum of Food Law Enforcement Practitioners (FLEP). From its original foundation in 1990, it met regularly until November 2010. Following agreement with the European Heads of European Food Safety Authorities (HEFSA), the FLEP Forum was re-established and reconvened in Rome in January 2014.

FLEP's aims

FLEP is an informal grouping of European food law enforcement practitioners representing the management of food control interests in Europe. Formed after the introduction of the original EU Directive on official controls, its main purpose is the exchange of information, learning and co-operation between European colleagues in order to further develop mutual confidence and trust in the resolution of practical control problems. Its main bodies are the FLEP Forum and the Steering Committee.


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