International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) – moto „Improving Food Safety“
June 9th 2020 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2020), a global initiative established by ILAC and IAF to promote the value of accreditation.
This year’s theme focuses on how accreditation improves food safety, supporting the confidence of consumers, suppliers, purchasers, regulators and specifiers in the quality and safety of food.
Distinguished colleagues and dear friends,
In the context of the current epidemiological situation and the importance of protecting employees in the health system from potential COVID-19 infection, the expert group of the Crisis Staff of the Ministry of Health prescribed that all planned professional meetings are organized exclusively in VIRTUAL FORM.
Therefore, we would like to inform you that the Organizing Committee of the 3rd International Congress on Food Safety and Quality – FOOD, HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE has decided that the Congress will be held virtually, without the physical presence of participants and lecturers.
This year’s Congress will be held under the high auspices of the competent authorities and institutions, and will be organized by the Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, the Croatian Metrology Society, and the South-East European Network for Food Safety and Quality Control (SEEN-FSQC) and with co-organization and cooperation with other distinguished institutions from the country and abroad.
Food safety and quality, determining the origin, geographical origin, and food adulteration and its impact on consumer health, as well as the impact of climate change on cultivation and quality – these are the topics of shared responsibility among everyone involved in the production chain: the country, producers, distributors, professionals, and consumers, but also the media, which hold responsibility for informing the public on current topics.
Encouraged by overwhelming interest generated by the first two Congresses on Food Safety and Quality, attended by more than 700 participants it is our great desire for the third time to gather prominent local and foreign speakers and many participants who in their daily work deal with the influence of food on human health and, despite the current epidemiological situation, to continue educating and spreading knowledge in virtual form.
The programme will include workshops, plenary lectures, oral presentations, a round table, satellite symposia and e-posters online, through the Zoom virtual platform.
Since there are no accommodation and travel costs now, we believe that it will be possible to direct the planned funds for this Congress – from sponsors and donations – to a larger number of online registration fees.
New circumstances bring new challenges and, in order not to fall behind in education and exchange of experience, we have had to adapt to this new way of ‘socializing’. We invite you to join us in large numbers on the web platform, and with your participation contribute to our common task – the protection and promotion of human health.
We continue to monitor the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Croatia on a daily basis and act in accordance with the recommendations and measures of the National Civil Protection Authority, and we invite you to visit the Congress website www.foodsq-congress2020.com more often in the coming days.
Stay healthy and welcome to the VIRTUAL FOODSQ 2020!
Zvonimir Šostar, MD