FoodChain-Lab Training, Parma (Italy), December 2018

Monday, 03.12.2018 – Introduction

09:00-09:30 a.m.
Welcome and organisational issues

09:30-10:15 a.m.
Urgent advice on food & feed-related crises
Andrea Gervelmeyer (EFSA, SCER)

10:15-11:00 a.m.
What does tracing the food & feed supply chain
mean? – Definitions and steps

Olaf Mosbach-Schulz (EFSA, AMU)

11:00-11:30 a.m.
Coffee break

11:30-12:15 p.m.
FoodChain-Lab: an innovative tool to increase food
safety through supply chain analyses

Marion Gottschald (BfR)

12:15-13:00 p.m.
Analytical features of FoodChain-Lab and successful
applications in outbreak analyses (live demo)

Armin Weiser (BfR)

13:00-14:00 p.m.
Lunch break

14:00-14:45 p.m.
Backward and forward tracing analyses with
FoodChain-Lab: Data collection, data structures and

Alexander Falenski (BfR)

14:45-15:30 p.m.
Tracing in the UK: current challenges and
applications of FCL

Richard Elson (Public Health England)

15:30-16:00 p.m.
Coffee break

16:00-16:45 p.m.
How to report outbreak and tracing results?
Valentina Rizzi (EFSA, BIOHAZ)

16:45-17:30 p.m.
Tracing in Spain
J. Alberto Chaves Sánchez (Junta de Andalucia)

17:30-18:00 p.m.
Wrap-up and view on the second day
Marion Gottschald (BfR)


Tuesday, 04.12.2018 – Hands-on training

09:00-09:30 a.m.
The Italian tracing system
Giuseppe Aprea (IZS Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise)

09:30-10:30 a.m.
Hands-on training (chosen tutorials from website)
Marion Gottschald and FCL team (BfR)

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Coffee break

11:00-11:45 p.m.
Hands-on training (continued)
Alexander Falenski and FCL team (BfR)

11:45-12:30 p.m.
Hands-on training (continued)
Marco Rügen and FCL team (BfR)

12:30-13:30 p.m.
Lunch break

13:30-14:45 p.m.
Data structures, data collection templates (start-tracing, back-/forward, all-in-one, simple), potential data needs in detail
Alexander Falenski and FCL team (BfR)

14:45-15:15 p.m.
Coffee break

15:15-17:15 p.m.
Scenario session
Marion Gottschald and FCL team (BfR)

17:15-17:30 p.m.
Wrap-up and view on the third day
Armin Weiser (BfR)


Wednesday, 05.12.2018 – Case studies

09:00-09:45 a.m.
A new browser-based data collection tool for local
authorities – rationale, live demo and outlook

Armin Weiser (BfR)

09:45-10:30 a.m.
A new tool for guided data extraction from RASFF
notifications – rationale, live demo and planned

Daniela Tomcikova (EFSA, AMU)

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Coffee break

11:00-11:45 a.m.
A new tool for automated visualization of delivery
networks and simplified reporting – rationale, flow of
information and discussion of mock-up

Olaf Mosbach-Schulz (EFSA, AMU)

11:45-12:00 p.m.
What’s cooking in FCL? Holistic view on the new

Armin Weiser (BfR)

12:00-12:45 p.m.
Hands-on training (FCL webapp)
Marco Rügen (BfR)

12:45-13:45 p.m.
Lunch break

13:45-14:00 p.m.
What and where next? Group discussion to cover:
– Feature requests
– Interfaces with other software
– Additional analyses
– Transition probabilities and further roll out
– Feedback

14:00-15:00 p.m.
The way forward: visions of how tracing will be in
five years from now – local, national and European
view (group discussion)