Information sources and E-learning

bcam0656_01Do you always succeed in finding the right information on food safety topics?

When you are looking for introductory information on regulations or guidelines, codes of practice or e-learning tools, it is not always easy to find out whether it will answer your question. In our training and consultancy practice we make use of a lot of material which is often available on internet. To give you a flavour, we will compile a series of references which are tried and tested by us. The sources are categorized by:

  • information Resources
  • E-learing
  • Webinars

Information Resources


foodsafetytoolkit_coverFood Safety toolkit

The toolkit aims to empower reformers with a set of tools, and help them assess the market potential, build capacity, and assist in mitigating barriers to development in food safety. It examines relevant system developments strategically with best practice examples that demonstrate sound principles of institutional structure and legislative reform. Given the existing demand from developing economies on necessary food safety reforms, this toolkit will guide all major stakeholders (businesses, farmers, and regulatory reformers alike) in understanding the scope of food safety reform, importance of public and private sector collaboration, value of educating all involved parties, importance of transparency, and strength of a market-driven approach.

The Structure of European Food Law

Scholarly analysis of EU Food Law by  Bernd van der Meulen, Wageningen University. The structure of EU food law can be used as a framework for teaching, application, further analysis and comparison to food law approaches in other parts of the world. From this analysis, food law emerges as a functional area of law. Core elements are:

  1. the objectives of EU food law to protect consumers’ interests;
  2. the principles of risk analysis and precaution;
  3. obligations on businesses regarding the products they place on the market, the processes they apply and their communication towards consumers; and
  4. public powers of law enforcement and incident management.

Access to European Union law

Official repository of EU food safety law and related documents. Easily browse by topic and summaries of law text.


A multilingual site which provides background information about:

  • foods
  • food components
  • how foods are made (food production)
  • food ingredients
  • E-numbers (additives)
  • food safety

Food Safety Magazine

News, best practices, case studies, information on:

Managing performance in food supply chains by SGS Food and Agriculture

A discussion on the impacts, opportunities and challenges arising from managing food supply chain performance and protecting both producer and supplier reputations.


FSAIThe Food Safety Authority of Ireland provides online learning tools as well as some tips how to make the most of e-learning. The modules refer to Irish National Legislation which is derived from EU Regulations and Directives.

  • Microbiological Criteria
  • Food Contact Materials
  • Food Information for Prepacked Foods
  • Food Additives and Flavourings


Food Safety Magazine

International Association for Food Protection

Upcoming and archive* of webinars held by IAFP and IAFP’s Professional Development Groups, for example:

  • Relevance of End-Product Testing in Microbial Food Safety Management Webinar
  • Listeria monocytogenes – Are Current Industry Practices Meeting Existing and Future Challenges?
  • The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Discussion of the Final Rules on Preventive Controls for Human Food and Produce Safety
  • Secure Milk Supply Plan: Dairy Industry Survival Strategies to Manage a Raw Milk Supply Crisis

*Membership required.

Lloyd’s Register LRQA

Global certification body provides videos, webinars on food safety certification