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The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a government owned agency attached to the Federal Ministry for Health and to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. AGES was established on the basis of a Federal law as a private entity (limited company) with a public service mission. The business areas of AGES are Food Security, Food Safety, Animal health, Public Health, Medicines and Medical Devices, Radiation Protection, Statistics and Risk Assessment and Research and Capacity Building. AGES is responsible for food from soil to fork, effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants and providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products. AGES executes federal state tasks in the areas conducts research in the areas above mentioned. AGES is recognized as "research" and "non-profit" organization according to FP7 rules for participation. AGES operates the federal laboratories related to food and feed safety, water analysis and radiation protection, the main diagnostic laboratories related to food safety and human health, animal health and plant health. AGES’s laboratories serve as national reference laboratories according to Regulation No. (EC) 882/2004, as national reference laboratories for animal diseases (OIE), as reference center’s for infectious diseases and as official laboratories for plant health, seeds and propagating material. AGES employs approximately 1.350 persons, of whom more than 40% are scientists or experts with academic degrees (approx. 300 PhDs and 15 university professors) in nearly all disciplines related to food and health safety. Contact: DI. Mag. DDr. Alois Leidwein Tel.: +43 (0)50 555 – 34853 E-Mail: Homepage:


  • 1. sterreichische Agentur fr Gesundheit und Ernhrungssicherheit AGES Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Health for Humans, Animals and Plants Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer, AGES Academy Contact: Dr.Dr. Alois Leidwein

2. 2 Our Vision Health for Humans, Animals and Plants 3. 3 Our Mission Our Mandate: Protection AGES is THE leading expert organisation for minimising healthcare risks, food safety risks, food security risks and consumer protection risks. Our Responsibility: Austria AGES is a limited liability company fully-owned by the Republic of Austria, which carries out services based on the Health and Food Safety Act (GESG), special administrative laws and the relevant European directives. Our Tool: Knowledge AGES works at interdisciplinary levels. Thus, we use bundled, scientifically proven expert knowledge. AGES is a partner in national and international networks. Our Competence: Comprehensive Solutions The AGES service range encompasses analysis, assessment, monitoring, certification and licensing. We use an approach based on risk assessment principles to maximise healthcare, food safety and consumer protection within AGESs reach: we assess risks, provide risk communications, give advice on risk management and also conduct risk management in government agencies. 4. 4 Areas of Competence AGESs major areas of activity Agriculture and Food Security Public Health Food safety and consumer protection Animal Health Medicines and Medical Devices Market Surveillance collaborate in testing, approving, consulting and conducting research to protect health and ensure food safety. Overall issues Integrated Risk Assessment Radiation Protection Research, Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building 5. 5 AGES Structure FoodSecurity VeterinaryMedicine FoodSafety PublicHealth AustrianMedicine& MedicalDevicesAgency Radiation Protection Data, Statistics & Integrative Risk Assessment Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer, AGES Academy Business Area Department 1) 2) 1) Austrian Federal Office for Food Safety 2) Austrian Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare 6. 6 Locations Food Security* Veterinary Medicine Public Health Austrian Medicine & Medical Devices Agency Radiation Protection Data, Statistics & Integrative Risk Assessment Food Safety *The department Food Security operates several experimentation stations in addition to its premises in Vienna and Linz. 7. 7 What is AGES aiming at? AGES aims at safe food production from the soil to the fork effective control and prevention of epidemics for people, animals and plants providing effective and safe pharmaceutical products 8. 8 Capacity Building within the Food Production Cycle 9. 9 Impact orientation of AGES 1. Improve the state of communicable diseases affecting humans 2. Improve the state of food borne diseases 3. Further development of integrated risk based methods within the cycle humans animals plants - soil 4. Freedom of animal and plant diseases 5. Faultless goods including feeding stuffs and water 6. Safe and effective medicines and medical devices 7. Food security and ensuring competitiveness of agricultural production, particularly by ensuring faultless agricultural inputs 8. Develop research for being able to perform official tasks and current issues 9. Well informed and economic operators and consumers 10. 10 Key Figures AGES = Mandated Body o AGES = Federal Authority and Limited Company Federal Office for Food Safety Federal Office for Safety in Health Care o Owner: Republic of Austria 50% Federal Ministry of Health 50% Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management o Founded by federal law in 2002 o Merger of 18 formerly independent institutions o Staff: 1.350 o Locations: Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Mdling, Salzburg o approx. 500 000 samples with 4.2 million tests per year o Annual budget: approx. 110 Mio. 11. 11 Agro-ecology and Biodiversity Epidemiological models, economic assessment Apiculture Faultless Goods and Food Safety Faultless Water Nutrition and Consumer protection Food Security Research Infrastructures Food borne diseases and Zoonosis Method Development and Risk Assessment Sustainable Plant Production Radiation Protection Animal Nutrition and Feedingstuffs Animal Health Communicable diseases Strategic Research Questions 12. Business Areas Description 12 13. 13 Business Area Agriculture/Food Security Seeds & Potato plant material Plant varieties Plant genetic resources Soil health & Plant nutrition Plant protection products Plant health Feeding stuffs Apiculture Specific analytics Agricultural experimentation Marketing standards 14. 14Health, Food Safety Agricultural Reference Laboratories and collections National Phytosanitary Laboratory Official Seed Testing Laboratory Official Testing Laboratory for Potato Varieties National Seed Bank National Variety List National Gene Bank for cereals and legumes Specific laboratories Soil Laboratory Laboratory for feeding stuffs National Reference Laboratories 15. 15 Business Area Food Safety & Consumer Protection Health - Food Safety Food Quality Main tasks Appraisal of food samples Generating control plans for food inspection Expertise for Codex Alimentarius and politics Consumer goods and cosmetics Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Novel Foods Analytics and National Reference Laboratories 16. 16 Biochemistry Pesticide Residues Veterinary Drugs & Hormones Hydroanalysis Chemistry Cluster (PAHs, Vitamins & Biomonitoring, Mycotoxines) Radiation Protection & Radiochemistry Elements (Trace Elements & Heavy Metals, Fertilizer & Plant Analysis) Radioecology & Radon Analytics Health - Food Safety Food Quality 17. 17Health, Food Safety NRL for feed and food Milk and milk products Zoonosis (salmonella) Marine biotoxines Monitoring the viral and bacteriological containment of bivalve mollusks Listeria monocytogenes Staphylococcus E. Coli Campylobacter Parasites (in particular Trichinella, Echinococcus and Anisakis) Antimicrobial resistance Animal proteins in feedingstuffs Residues of veterinary medicines and contaminants in food of animal Transmissible spongiform encephalopathys (TSEs) Additives for use in animal nutrition Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) Material intended to come into contact with foodstuffs Residues of Pesticides Cereals and feeding stuffs Food of animal origin and commodities with high fat content Fruits and vegetables, including commodities with high water and high acid content Single residue methods Heavy metals in feed Heavy metals in food Mycotoxins Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Dioxins and PCBs in feed and food Water content in poultry meat National Reference Laboratories (acc. Regulation EC 882/2004) 18. 18 Business Area Animal Health Health - Food Safety Food Quality Main tasks Animal disease control Zoonosis High security laboratories Reference laboratories 19. 19 Health, Food Safety NRL for animal health and live animals Classical swine fever African horse sickness Avian influenza Newcastle disease Swine vesicular disease Fish disease Bivalve Mollusc Diseases Rabies Bluetongue African swine fever Foot-and mouth disease Brucellosis Equine infectious anaemia Crustacean diseases Bovine Tuberculosis Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSEs) Bovine viral diarrhoea National Reference Laboratories (acc. Regulation EC 882/2004 & OIE) Aujeszkys disease Psittacosis Enzootic bovine leucosis Peste des petits ruminants Vesicular stomatitis Lumpy skin disease Sheep and goat pox Rift valley fever Rinderpest Glanders Dourine Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis/Infectious pustular vulvovaginitis Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, Porcine Teschovirus Paratuberculosis Swine vesicular disease Parasites and p. zoonosis 20. 20 Business Area Public Health Health Main tasks Medical Microbiology Hygiene Infectious Diseases Epidemology Water (bathing, mineral and drinking waters) National Reference Centres 21. 21 Business Area Medicines & Medical Devices Agency Main tasks Pharmacovigilance Official medicines control laboratory Market authorization & Lifecycle management Inspections, medical devices, haemovigilance Science & Innovation 22. 22 BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) Regional and local authorities BMLFUW (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management) BAES (Federal Office for Food Safety ) Food and Feed Safety Authorities in Austria AGES (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety) 23. 23 Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) Authority for implementation of following acts: Seeds Act Plant propagating materials Act Plant varieties Act Plant protection products Act Plant health Act Feeding stuff Act Fertilizers Act Marketing standards Act 24. 24 Federal Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) Authority for implementation of following acts: Austrian Medicines Act Medicinal Products Import Act Blood Safety Act Medical Devices Act Compulsory Prescription Act Austrian Tissue Safety Act Inspections according to the Addictive Drug Act 25. 25 International Cooperation 1. Capacity Building 2. Research Projects 3. Agricultural Experimentation 4. Networking 26. 26 International Cooperation 1. Capacity Building Twinning Development Cooperation 27. 27 Capacity Building Projects Twinnings Bulgaria (BG/2007/IB/AG/06/UE/TWL), Testing, Field Inspection a