Third CAPS2 Steering Committee Meeting

On 27-28 May 2014, the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (IZSAM) will host in Teramo, the Third Steering Committee meeting of the project titled “Strengthening of Centres for Aquaculture production and Safety surveillance in Adriatic Cross-border Countries – CAPS2”,  co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the programme IPA Adriatic Cross Border Cooperation 2007-2013.

IZSAM involved staff will welcome members of the CAPS2 Steering Committee at the International Centre for Veterinary Training and Information “F. Gramenzi”  - CIFIV for a two days meeting.

Project partner representatives, coming from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania, will participate in the event to discuss and analyze project activities and define forthcoming actions concerning the management of the initiative.

In this occasion, practical sessions and discussions among partners representatives are foreseen in order to improve cooperation in specific ongoing project activities.

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Training on Microbiology of live shellfish in Split (5 - 9 May 2014)

A week of training was held by Croatian Veterinary Institute (CVI) of Split from 5 to 9 May 2014, within the CAPS2 project WP on strengthen of the diagnostic capabilities.

The Croatian institute provided to the representatives of Veterinary Faculty of Sarajevo (VFS) the training on Microbiology on live shellfish, to determine the Escherichia coli in it.

In the first day, the trainees got theoretical information on CVI, their interventions on this field, methods and analysis for determination of E. coli, and about relevant legislation on the topic.

After, the training continued in laboratories where the trainees, supported by the experts of CVI, could test methods learned to make them again in their own labs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to standardize them to the other of the partnership.

In fact, the aim of WP3 is also to standardize the laboratories to the European ones, using the same analysis and legislation in the bordering countries.

The network keyword, that CAPS2 promote with those moments of knowledge sharing are reinforced when the procedures are harmonized.



Training on Benzopyrene and other PAHs (28 April - 5 May 2014)

The second training session on Benzopyrene and other PAHs was held at IZSAM from 28 April to 5 May 2014 with the participation of two representatives of Veterinary Faculty of Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and two from the Food Safety and Veterinary Institute of Tirana (Albania).

The four trainees attended the Chemistry Unit working on determination of benzopyrene and other PAHs in food samples and studying the relevant legislation on the topic.

The first day was spent in the classroom for a theorical lesson preparatory to the practical activities in the laboratory in order to better operate on HPLC-FLUO analysis of PAHs, sample preparation, cleanup and instrumental analysis.

The CAPS2 project training are received with a positive attitude by partners which underline their usefulness and the importance of attending the laboratories of the Institute, for setting up the laboratories as those of the EU.

The training sessions are in fact the moment when the sharing and dissemination of knowledge are expressed at their highest.

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Sanitary survey in Montenegro

With reference to the work package no 5 “Preparation and implementation of National Surveillance Plans” of the project CAPS2, the Croatian Veterinary Institute and the Veterinary Administration of Montenegro have conducted a sanitary survey in Montenegro from 19 to 20 March 2014.

The members of the national working group for legislation analysis in Montenegro, established within the action 5.1 of the project, were also present. During the first day of survey, the Kotor bay was examined by boat in order to define the shellfish harvesting areas and taking coordinates for GIS application. Possible sources of pollution and the sampling points for E. coli and biotoxins were also identified. The last day of survey was focused to the legislation analysis and to the meeting with interested target groups. A total of 17 persons, most of them belonging to the Small Medium Enterprises operating in aquaculture sector, were met in order to introduce them the CAPS2 project, its activities and objectives.

Rising competence levels and encouraging transfer of innovation by the creation of networks, the CAPS2 project fully achieves the objective of the IPA CBC programme priority 1 “Economic, social and institutional cooperation”, measure 1.1 “Research and innovation”.

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Training on Biotoxins (31 March - 4 April 2014)

From March 31 to April 4, 2014, four experts from Croatian Veterinary Institute and two belonging to the Centre for Ecotoxicological Research of Montenegro attended a training period on the determination of marine biotoxins at Chemistry unit of IZSAM of Teramo, Italy.

With reference to the Commission Regulation (EU) No 15/2011 as regards recognised testing methods for detecting marine biotoxins in live bivalve molluscs, the training period has been focused on the chemical testing method, liquid chromatography (LC) mass spectrometry (MS), as alternatively to biological one (mouse bioassay), to be applied from 01/01/2015. The same participants will be back at the IZSAM in June 2014 for the second week of training, followed by a period of remote assistance in their own laboratories for the correct implementation of the national surveillance plan.

Overall aim of CAPS2 project is to contribute, through economic, social and institutional cooperation, to the development of research, strengthening of competitiveness and innovative capacity, development and application of knowledge in the Adriatic area.

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