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Arcadia International works for a broad range of international private sector clients and institutions.

Note: All of our projects are covered by full confidentiality. The following items, listed herafter, have been approved by our customers prior to any publication.


<b>Preparation of two guidance documents on the implementation of the EU ABS Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014) for research (upstream activities) (second project)<br> European Commission (DG ENV) EU Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation implementing of the Nagoya Protocol. The objective of the project is to assist the European Commission in providing further guidance on 'utilisation of genetic resources” by the research communities with a view to ensuring harmonised application of the Regulation across the EU. 
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Keywords:	Biodiversity, Nagoya protocol, Access and Benefit sharing
Partners:   	the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, (CGN) and Milieu Ltd
Overall project value: € 89,000.00 

Preparation of two guidance documents on the implementation of the EU ABS Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014) for research (upstream activities) (second project)
European Commission (DG ENV) ( 2017 )

<b>Preparatory action – EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture (second project)<br>European Commission (DG AGRI) The second Preparatory action is intended to provide stakeholders with concrete examples to valorise the use of neglected breeds and varieties in agriculture in an economically viable way.

Concrete examples will be delivered in twofold manner: 
•	Through the implementation of four projects; and
•	The compilation of a compendium of projects.

These will lead to:
•	The development of a user guide for the valorisation of neglected breeds and varieties within the agro-food supply chain for stakeholders; and
•	The deployment of a communication campaign including the production of a video clip, a conference to present the results of the preparatory actions and other additional communication tools.
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Keywords:	Genetic resources, neglected crops, in-situ, on farm management
Partners:   	Arete, the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, (CGN, INRA, l'Institut de l'Elevage) and MCI
Overall project value:	€ 970,000.00

Preparatory action – EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture (second project)
European Commission (DG AGRI) ( 2016 -2019 )

<b>Study on agricultural interbranch organisations (IBOs) in the EU <br> European Commission ( DG AGRI) The report provides a comprehensive inventory and description of existing IBOs across all 28 Member States and of the respective rules applicable to IBO under national law. The study, also, examines the significance and impact of IBOs on the markets on which they are active with respect to its objectives and the benefits for producers stemming from the participation in the IBO.
The study is based on evidence gathered from existing literature, interviews with senior policy officials within the European Commission and the national competent authorities, interviews with IBOs representatives, a survey of all IBOs, and five case studies. 
The analysis shows that nineteen Member States have currently in place a legal framework governing the recognition and functioning of IBOs. As of June 2016, 123 IBOs have been recognised by national authorities in 8 different MS. The total number continues to grow. The internal structure of the IBO (its organisation) itself is not really important for the proper functioning of the IBO. The working principles within the IBO and the relations between representatives of the IBOs, and other actors of the supply chain (being private stakeholders or public authorities) are the main pillars underpinning a good governance of IBOs.

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Partners:   	WUR-LEI
Overall project value:	€ 180,000.00
</br><a href =https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/external-studies/2016-interbranch-organisations/fullrep.pdf target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Study on agricultural interbranch organisations (IBOs) in the EU
European Commission ( DG AGRI) ( 2016 )

<b>Ad hoc study on the impact on official controls and enforcement actions of the current legal framework applicable to “food fraud” (fraud along the agri-food chain) </br> European Commission  (DG SANTE) The purpose of this study is to assist the work currently implemented by the Commission to strengthen the fight against fraudulent practices which recently took place in the food chain. In particular, the aim is to assess whether the approach followed by the Commission is sufficient and effective or if further actions are needed.

More specifically, the study has 3 main following objectives, i.e.:
•	To provide a better understanding of the adequacy and effectiveness of the existing EU regulatory framework to prevent and combat fraudulent practices along the food chain ;
•	To ascertain whether Member States (MS) have legal definitions of such fraudulent practices (or of “food fraud”) in place and whether those definitions vary significantly across Member States ;
•	To give an overview of the MS national rules and practices governing the sanctions applicable to malpractices identified as “food fraud”.

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Keywords:	Food, trade, food fraud, food safety
Partners:	Project commissioned via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Overall project value:	€ 148,000.00

Ad hoc study on the impact on official controls and enforcement actions of the current legal framework applicable to “food fraud” (fraud along the agri-food chain)
European Commission (DG SANTE) ( 2015 - 2016 )

<b>Preparation of sectorial guidance documents on the implementation of the EU ABS Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014) <br>European Commission (DG ENV) EU Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation implementing of the Nagoya Protocol. The objective of the project is to assist the Commission in providing further guidance on 'utilisation' of genetic resources by different sectors with a view to ensuring harmonised application of the Regulation across the EU. To achieve this objective, the project is preparing guidance documents for seven sectors. For each sector, an informal “Guidance Development Group” (GDG), bringing together a small number of experts in the field from the private sector, governments and research, has been set-up to work on the development of a first draft guidance document.

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Partners:   	the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, (CGN) and Milieu Ltd
Value:	€ 191,460.00

Preparation of sectorial guidance documents on the implementation of the EU ABS Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014)
European Commission (DG ENV) ( 2015 - 2016 )

<b>Preparatory action – EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture<br>European Commission  (DG AGRI) Following an initiative tabled by the European Parliament, the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) contracted a “Preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture”. The project was launched in July 2014 for a period of two years.

The objective of this preparatory action is to support the EU in recognising the potentials for added value in the field of the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural genetic resources. Specifically the project will:
1.	Identify, describe and analyse activities undertaken in the EU on the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural and forest genetic resources, and
2.	Identify missing links and actions to be addressed in future actions on the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources in agriculture and forestry. This analysis may contribute to developing a strategy for the conservation of genetic diversity in the EU.

The study covers the EU 28 member states in the following domains: 
•	Plant genetic resources,
•	Animal genetic resources
•	Forest genetic resources
•	Microbial & invertebrate genetic resources

Keywords:	Seed, rural development, genetic resources
Partners:   	CGN (WUR-NL), PRI (WUR-NL), LEI (WUR-NL), CBS-KNAV and BLE-IBV(Germany)
Overall project value:	EUR 1,450,000.00
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Have a look of the website with the European map of genetic ressources,the reports and the conclusions.
<a href =http://www.geneticresources.eu/ target=_blank'>Link to the website</a> Preparatory action – EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture
European Commission (DG AGRI) ( 2014 -2016 )

<b>Feasibility study for a dedicated database containing all union and domestic food labelling rules and providing a simple way to identify concrete mandatory labelling requirements per product <br>European Commission  (DG MARKT) The objectives of the study are to examine the feasibility (covering all possible issues linked with setting up and running a database) of an electronic storage system providing public access to “regulated information” about labelling of food products (both of a general and specific nature) pursuant the obligations of EU legislation and Member States' legislation/regulations and  to evaluate the potential usage/effectiveness of such a system to suppliers and retailers, and possibly also to final consumers. This could be assessed, for example, in terms of the number and the share of business operators who would use it, the frequency of using it, the importance of the information provided in the Database for business decisions, etc. 

The study also aims to evaluate the costs and benefits of such a system considering the different options identified and assessed for setting up a Database, including the continuing costs for the maintenance and the updating of the Database. Finally, the study should provide analytical conclusions as regards the best option for a possible database and steps to be taken to set it up. 
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Keywords:	Food information to consumers, food labelling, database
Partners: 	infeurope
Value: € 233,250.00

</br><a href =http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/9058 target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Feasibility study for a dedicated database containing all union and domestic food labelling rules and providing a simple way to identify concrete mandatory labelling requirements per product
European Commission (DG MARKT) ( 2014 -2015 )

<b>Framework contract to organise ad hoc study visits in the field of SPS issues<br>European Commission  (DG TRADE) The objective of this contract is to organise study visits and seminars for officials/policy makers from trading partner countries to support SPS policy and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs)
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Keywords:	Sanitary and phytosanitary technical issues, technical barriers to trade, WTO 
Partners:   	IBF and WUR-LEI
Value:	€ 800,000.00 


Framework contract to organise ad hoc study visits in the field of SPS issues
European Commission (DG TRADE) ( 2014 - 2016 )

<b>Ad hoc study in preparation of the development of a common methodology for gathering of information by the Member States on the consumption and use of food additives and flavourings in the European Union</br>European Commission  (DG SANCO) The purpose of the study is to provide the Commission with a comprehensive report detailing the development of a common methodology for the gathering of information by the Member States on the use of and exposure to food additives and flavourings. The final report should be a support documentation for the decision-makers to develop a proposal on how to plan such monitoring activities and to enhance comparability of information across MS

<I>Keywords:	Food additives, flavourings, monitoring, food daily intake.
Partners:   	Project commissioned via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Value: € 139,370.00
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Ad hoc study in preparation of the development of a common methodology for gathering of information by the Member States on the consumption and use of food additives and flavourings in the European Union
European Commission (DG SANCO) ( 2014 - 2015 )

<B>Ad-hoc study on the trade of illegal and counterfeit pesticides in the EU - European Commission  (DG SANCO) DG SANCO has decided to launch a study to collect data on the trade of illegal and counterfeit pesticides in the EU and to provide an analysis of the legal and administrative tools to combat this trade. The main objective of the study is to identify patterns of trade of illegal and counterfeit products within the EU and entering the EU and assess the existing regulatory framework in the EU. 
The results of this analysis could feed into further Commission initiatives to promote best practices, for the drafting of guidance documents for Member States authorities and as a basis for the establishment of implementing measures in application of Article 6.8 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. 
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Keywords:	Pesticides, trade, illegal products, counterfeited products, IPR
Partners:	Project commissioned via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Overall project value:	€ 96,000.00

</br><a href =https://croplife.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf_files/DG-Health-Food-Safety-study-on-the-trade-of-illegal-and-counterfeit-pesticides-in-the-EU-March-2015.pdf target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Ad-hoc study on the trade of illegal and counterfeit pesticides in the EU - European Commission (DG SANCO) ( 2014 )

<b> Study for a legal framework for plant biostimulants and agronomic fertiliser additives - European Commission  (DG ENTR) The study contributes to the proposal of the Commission for an EU legal framework for the placing on the market of plant biostimulants (PB) and agronomic fertiliser additives (AFA). In more details, the objectives of the study are to 1)analyse existing regulatory systems for plant biostimulants and agronomic fertiliser additives in the EU, Member States and Third Countries; and 2)develop a proposal for the most appropriate regulatory framework that should be established in the context of the revised Fertiliser Regulation. In particular, the study aims to elaborate on the relevant data requirements and administration of the planned EU Registry for these two sub-categories of fertilising materials.
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Keywords: Biostimulants, agronomic additives, risk assessment, efficacy, toxicology, ecotoxicology.
Partners: BiPRO, Prof P. du Jardin
Value: € 49,870.00
</br><a href=https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/dbeffd43-98a5-4e39-a930-7dfa21816f8c target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Study for a legal framework for plant biostimulants and agronomic fertiliser additives - European Commission (DG ENTR) ( 2013 - 2014 )

<b>Study on the economic impact of modern retail on choice and innovation in the EU food sector - European Commission  (DG COMP) The European Commission launched a study to assess the economic impact of modern retail on choice and innovation in the EU food sector. The study aims at providing detailed results, key facts and in-depth analysis on whether choice and innovation have been impacted in recent years in the EU food sector.
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Keywords:Retail, food suppliers, innovation, choice, econometric analysis.
Partners: Ernst & Young, Cambridge Econometrics
Value: € 1,200,000.00
</br><a href =http://ec.europa.eu/competition/publications/KD0214955ENN.pdf target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Study on the economic impact of modern retail on choice and innovation in the EU food sector - European Commission (DG COMP) ( 2013 - 2014 )

<b>Ad-hoc study to support the initial establishment of the list of candidates for substitution as required in Article 80(7) of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 in the field of Plant Protection Products - European Commission  (DG SANCO) The general objective of the study is to analyse all active substances (a.s.) approved under Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and listed in the Annex to the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 540/2011 (previously included in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC) against the relevant conditions specified in Annex II, Point 4 of the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 to assess whether or not individual a.s. are qualifying as Candidates For Substitution (CFS) and identify the criteria why they qualify as CFS. This study is a preliminary exercise listing candidates for substitution (CFS) in support of the Commission's initial proposal of CFS.

<I>Keywords:Hazard, exposure scenarios, risk assessment, plant protection products, substitution, active 
substances, toxicology, ecotoxicology.
<I>Partners:</i>BiPRO, Agra CEAS via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
<I>Value:<I> € 150,000.00
</br><a href=https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/plant/docs/pesticides_ppp_app-proc_cfs_report-201307.pdf target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Ad-hoc study to support the initial establishment of the list of candidates for substitution as required in Article 80(7) of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 in the field of Plant Protection Products - European Commission (DG SANCO) ( 2013 )

<b>FP7 Research Project: OPTIFEL - European Commission  (DG RES) Optilfel has as its ultimate goal to contribute to elders' health by combating denutrition due to both physical capacities diminution and appetite loss. The concept of Optifel is to translate the knowledge on nutritional needs, food preferences and physical capacities into accurate specifications for food products and packaging).
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Keywords: Nutrition, eldery people, 
Partners: INRA and 26 other partners
Overall project value: € 3,000,000.00
<br></br><a href=http://www.optifel.eu/the-project/ target=_blank'>Link to the official website</a>
FP7 Research Project: OPTIFEL - European Commission (DG RES) ( 2012 - 2016 )

<b>FP7 Research Project: RISKSUR -European Commission  (DG RES) The RISKSUR project is aimed to develop decision support tools for the design of cost-effective risk-based surveillance systems that integrate the most recent advances in epidemiological methodologies, based on an interdisciplinary approach and tailored to the needs of individual EU Members States.
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Keywords: Monitoring, health, pesticides, surveillance.
Partners: Royal Veterinary College (Leader), CIRAD, FAO, Accelopment, etc.…
<br></br><a href=https://www.fp7-risksur.eu/ target=_blank'>Link to the official website</a> FP7 Research Project: RISKSUR -European Commission (DG RES) ( 2012 - 2015 )

<b>Framework contract to organise ad hoc study visits in the field of SPS issues - European Commission  (DG TRADE) The objective of this contract is to organise study visits and seminars for officials/policy makers from trading partner countries to support SPS policy and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs).
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Keywords: Sanitary and phytosanitary technical issues, technical barriers to trade,, WTO 
Partners: IBF and WUR-LEI
Value: € 78,000.00

Framework contract to organise ad hoc study visits in the field of SPS issues - European Commission (DG TRADE) ( 2012 )

Evaluation in itinere of the ECOPHYTO 2018 program (Axis No 5 – General surveillance program) - Office National de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques / ONEMA (FR) The objective of this evaluation is assess efficiency and efficacy of the general surveillance plan (réseau d'épidémiosurveillance) that has been implemented two years ago by the French authorities.
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Keywords: Evaluation, pesticides, plant health, general surveillance
Partners: Agra CEAS and Van Dijk Management Consulting
Value: € 114,300.00
<br></br><a href=http://www.forumphyto.fr/2012/09/11/ecophyto-rapport-d%E2%80%99evaluation-de-l%E2%80%99epidemiosurveillance-axe-5-pour-l%E2%80%99onema/ target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Evaluation in itinere of the ECOPHYTO 2018 program (Axis No 5 – General surveillance program) - Office National de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques / ONEMA (FR) ( 2012 )

Research project on GM coexistence - Ministère de l'Écologie (FR) The objective of this research project is to assess cost-effectiveness and feasibility of GM coexistence by considering the dedicated production area (DPA) approach.
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Keywords: Research, GMOs, coexistence, dedicated production areas, economic impacts.
Partners: INRA (leader), CNRS, ITAB and Arcadia International
Value: € 95,000.00 Research project on GM coexistence - Ministère de l'Écologie (FR) ( 2012 )

Study on plant breeding needs for the bio-based economy 2020 - Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies / JRC-IPTS (EU) The objective of this research project is to estimate public plant breeding efforts and resources in the EU and to characterise public/private partnership mechanisms in place in the EU 27 MS.
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Keywords: Plant breeding, public/private partnership, public breeding.
Value: € 175,000.00
<br></br><a href=http://prodinra.inra.fr/ft?id=685503F3-69F5-4401-B9A3-560751F30945 target=_blank'>Link to the report</a> Study on plant breeding needs for the bio-based economy 2020 - Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies / JRC-IPTS (EU) ( 2012 )

Inventory of monitoring programmes aiming at assessing impacts of pesticides - European Commission  (DG SANCO) The objective of this project is to create an inventory of monitoring and surveillance programmes dedicated to assess the impact of pesticides on the environment and on human health
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Keywords: Monitoring, health, pesticides, surveillance.
Partners: BiPRO
Value: € 100,000.00

Inventory of monitoring programmes aiming at assessing impacts of pesticides - European Commission (DG SANCO) ( 2012 )

External expertise services in the field of impact assessment in food safety and health for the European Parliament (EP) Provisions of external impact assessment expertise in the field of food safety and health for the European Parliament. This project covers food safety issues and public health; checks on foodstuffs and food production systems are also included. 
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Keywords:	Impact assessment, food safety, health
Value:        	Framework contract of up to € 1 Mio
Partners:   	Matrix Insight (leader), Arcadia
External expertise services in the field of impact assessment in food safety and health for the European Parliament (EP) ( 2011 )

Study on the establishment of a European fund for minor uses in the field of plant protection products for the European Commission (DG SANCO) The objective of this study aims first at collecting information on minor uses in the EU to estimate the current and future economic importance of the issue, and second at identifying different options on the establishment of an European fund which could address the problem of minor uses and including an analysis of the costs and benefits, strengths and weaknesses of each option.
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Keywords:	Plant protection products, pesticides, minor  uses, EU funding
Value:        	€ 110,000
Partners:   	Arcadia (leader), Van Dijk Management Consultants via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Study on the establishment of a European fund for minor uses in the field of plant protection products for the European Commission (DG SANCO) ( 2011 )

Study on options to fully harmonise the EU legislation on fertilising materials including technical feasibility, environmental, economic and social impacts for the European Commission (DG ENTR) The main objectives of the study are to collect information on the different national legislations on fertilising materials with the EU 27 MS as well as to formulate policy options related for a revised EU legislation, to complete an evaluation of the policy options and to assess impacts of each option.

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Keywords:	Fertilisers, fertilising material, EU regulation, policy options, impact assessment
Value:        	€ 210,000
Partners:   	Van Dijk Management Consulting, Arcadia International and BiPRO
Study on options to fully harmonise the EU legislation on fertilising materials including technical feasibility, environmental, economic and social impacts for the European Commission (DG ENTR) ( 2011 )

Literature study on the economic viability of “GM-free” supply chains in France for the French Ministry of Ecology The purpose of the study is to understand the methodologies used to assess economic viability of identity preserved (IP) crop production and food supply chains at international level in order address technical and economic feasibility of “GM-free” food supply chains in France. 
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Keywords:	GMO, co-existence, identity preservation, economic viability
Value:        	€ 95,000
Partners:   	Arcadia International and Celeres
Literature study on the economic viability of “GM-free” supply chains in France for the French Ministry of Ecology ( 2011 )

Literature review regarding the future of the CAP (post 2013) for the Japanse Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) The purpose of the study was to collect information regarding the different positions of EU policy makers and stakeholders regarding the new CAP (after 2013) and the role of the second pillar in the new policy to be adopted.
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Keywords:	CAP, rural development policy
Value:        	
Partners:   	Promar Japan (Lead), Arcadia International
Literature review regarding the future of the CAP (post 2013) for the Japanse Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) ( 2011 )

Study aiming at identifying and defining best practices in sanitary and phytosanitary training activities with a view to their subsequent implementation within the activities of the “Better training for safer food” programme for DG SANCO of the EC An assessment of best practices in sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) training  for the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme of the EC – DG SANCO. To this end, a comprehensive review was undertaken of key training programmes designed and implemented by major national, regional and international organisation, including the FAO, WTO-STDF, OIE and the WHO. The review aimed to identify the critical factors on organising training activities, and the criteria for success. The BTSF programme was then benchmarked against other identified good and best practices, and finally new practices to implement in the framework of BTSF with a view to its improvement in terms of more effective training and to higher levels of dissemination of knowledge were proposed.
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Keywords:	Capacity building, training, food safety, SPS standards, animal health, plant health
Value:        	€ 135,000
Partners:   	Van Dijk Management Consultants (Lead), Agra Ceas, Arcadia International via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Study aiming at identifying and defining best practices in sanitary and phytosanitary training activities with a view to their subsequent implementation within the activities of the “Better training for safer food” programme for DG SANCO of the EC ( 2010 )

Support to the Turkish dairy sector to meet EU food safety standards This assignment is jointly conducted with with Asüd, the Turkish dairy sector professional organization, and MARA, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
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Keywords:	Food safety, EU standards, Regulation, General food law
Value:        	
Partners:   	
Support to the Turkish dairy sector to meet EU food safety standards ( 2009-2011 )

Evaluation of the EU Legislative framework in the field of GM Food and Feed for the EC (DG SANCO) The first objective of the evaluation was to analyse the legislative framework with regard to the risk assessment and regulatory approval process and the compulsory labelling of GM food and feed. The second objective was to develop policy options for the future, including consideration of the status quo option.  Research methods included desk research and analysis, a series of interviews with key stakeholders at the EU level, a survey of Competent Authorities, a separate survey of key stakeholders in each Member State and the construction of 6 thematic case studies carried out in 12 Member States.
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Keywords:	GMO, regulatory approval process, labelling, nutrition
Value:        	€ 460,000
Partners:   	Agra CEAS(Lead) and Arcadia International via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Evaluation of the EU Legislative framework in the field of GM Food and Feed for the EC (DG SANCO) ( 2009-2010 )

Study on testing and listing of varieties of seed and plant propagating material in the EU 27 MS for the EC (DG SANCO) The Community legislation on the marketing of seed and plant propagating material (S&PM) that was developed in the late 1960s was evaluated in 2007-2008 by ARCADIA International as a first step in the process of a legal review and was placed in the general context of Better Regulation.
The objective of this assignment was to collect, through field visits in at 10 MS, additional data to complete the existing dataset and to fill the knowledge gaps in the field of variety registration (DUS costs and VCU costs).
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Keywords:	Seed, variety registration, VCU, DUS, costs, administrative burden
Value:        	€ 120,000
Partners:   	Arcadia(Lead), Van Dijk Management Consultants via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Study on testing and listing of varieties of seed and plant propagating material in the EU 27 MS for the EC (DG SANCO) ( 2009-2010 )

Evaluation of Community Plant Health Regime (CPHR) - DG SANCO The first objective of the evaluation was to analyse, in an independent way, the results of the existing CPHR as compared to the acknowledged objectives that were set out by the Community when it was introduced. The evaluation was carried out using a range of tools, including a general survey of Competent Authorities and stakeholders, a specific cost survey, 12 Member State field visits and five thematic case studies.
The second objective of the evaluation was to clarify which aspects of the current regime need to be improved and to suggest potential options for amendment, including possible improvements to its structure and working practices. This aspect would have a strong focus on options and recommendations for the design of the future policy and the development by Commission services of a new Community plant health strategy.
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Keywords:	Plant health, harmful organisms, SPS standards, IPPC, official controls
Value:        	€ 530,000
Partners:   	Agra CEAS(Lead), Van Dijk Management Consultants and Arcadia International via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)</I>
<br></br><a href=http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/strategy/docs/final_report_eval_en.pdf target=_blank'>Link to the Final report </a> Evaluation of Community Plant Health Regime (CPHR) - DG SANCO ( 2009 - 2010 )

Study on the introduction of electronic identification (EID) as an official method to identify bovine animals within the EU for DG SANCO DG SANCO commissioned a study with the objective to analyse the technical feasibility and the costs and benefits of the introduction of EID for bovine animals within the legal framework of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000. This analysis took into account the objectives set in the EU legislation and the strategic aims and objectives set out in the Commission Communication on a new Animal Health Strategy for the EU in relation to animal traceability and concentrated on the economic impacts of three different options (e.g. obligatory, voluntary, 'do nothing') of introducing EID for bovine animals. The cost analysis focused on the necessary investments (identifiers, reading equipment) and the impact on labor costs (working time, reading accuracy) evaluated the extent to which administrative costs would be influenced by the use of EID.
The Commission services will use the results of this study for an impact assessment as to whether a legislative review is deemed necessary on this issue.
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Keywords:	Plant health, harmful organisms, SPS standards, IPPC, official controls
Value:        	€ 530,000
Partners:   	Agra CEAS(Lead), Van Dijk Management Consultants and Arcadia International via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)
Study on the introduction of electronic identification (EID) as an official method to identify bovine animals within the EU for DG SANCO ( 2009 )

Evaluation of the Common Market Organisation for hops for the EC (DG AGRI) The main objective of this contract for DG Agriculture of the EC was to evaluate how effectively the measures implemented within the CMOs for hops have contributed to meeting the stated objectives of the regimes in terms of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. This evaluation, which covered the EU-27 in the period 2000 to 2007, involved a number of methodologies including data collection and analysis, case studies, econometric sector modeling, reviews of literature, face-to-face and telephone semi-structured interviews with stakeholders and the formation of evidence-based judgments, conclusions and recommendations. This contract required the management, co-ordination and synthesis of inputs produced by an EU-wide team of experts.
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Keywords:	CAP, hops, evaluation, environment
Value:        	€ 195,000
Partners:   	Deloitte(Lead), LEI-WUR and Arcadia International 
Evaluation of the Common Market Organisation for hops for the EC (DG AGRI) ( 2009 )

Analysis of the economic, social and environmental impact of the policy options for the revision of Council Directive 89/398/EEC - DG SANCO This study for DG SANCO of the European Commission is carried out as part of the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium and provided a base for the Commission Impact Assessment of a new Regulation to replace Directive 89/398/EEC.
The project examines the impact of three potential policy options in relation to dietetic food (as covered under Directive 89/398/EEC.
Four specific issues were examined: 
• The definition of dietetic foods/scope of the legislation; 
• The notification procedure; 
• Categories highlighted in legislation but for which no decisions have yet been made; and, 
• The prior authorisation procedure of new ingredients.  
A case study approach was taken with research taking place in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden. The final purpose of this analysis is to support the drafting of the Commission’s Impact Assessment on new legislation.
Analysis of the economic, social and environmental impact of the policy options for the revision of Council Directive 89/398/EEC - DG SANCO ( 2008 )

Analysis socio-economic and environmental impacts of banning or not the movement of susceptible wood products from Portugal for stopping the spread of pine wood nematode (PWN) - DG SANCO As the whole continental Portugal was considered to be a free zone for PWN, it was subject to emergency measures set out in Decision 2006/133/EC to prevent the further spread of PWN; these included compulsory surveillance and eradication programs in cases of outbreaks as well as compulsory heat treatment for all newly susceptible wood packaging material leaving Portugal. Despite these measures, it appeared that further strengthening of the existing Community measures were needed to stop further spread of the PWN within the EU territory. 
This study performed as part of the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium provided the Commission with an assessment of possible alternative options and the implications of these in terms of socio-economic impacts and the spread of PWN to the rest of the Community.
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Keywords:	Plant health, harmful organisms, pine wood nematodes, cost-benefit analysis
Value:        	€ 25,000
Partners:   	Van Dijk Management Consultants (Lead), Agra CEAS and Arcadia International 
Analysis socio-economic and environmental impacts of banning or not the movement of susceptible wood products from Portugal for stopping the spread of pine wood nematode (PWN) - DG SANCO ( 2008 )

Analysis of the economic, social and environmental impacts of options for the long-term EU strategy against Diabotrica virgifera (Western Corn Rootworm), a regulated harmful organism of maize, to support the drafting of the Commission Impact Assessment fo Diabrotica virgifera is listed in Council Directive 2000/29/EC as a regulated harmful organism. Whilst Community emergency measures already are in place to control this pest, there has been increasing pressure from some MS, and from farmer's organisations, to considerably review/amend the current rules in the light of the ongoing spread of the pest. An impact assessment will be undertaken for five previously identified policy options. The FCEC consortium has been responsible for the collection and collation of data on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the policy options, including on the status quo, on which information is needed to establish the baseline scenario. To this end, we have consulted with all relevant stakeholders, including MS competent authorities, industry organisations such as European farmers/maize growers/breeders and seed producers associations, pesticide toxicity experts, environmental NGOs, etc. 
The Commission services will use the results of this study for an impact assessment as to define a long term Community strategy against Diabotrica.
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Keywords:	Plant health, harmful organisms, Diabotrica, cost-benefit analysis
Value:        	€ 145,000
Partners:   	Van Dijk Management Consultants (Lead), and Arcadia International 
Analysis of the economic, social and environmental impacts of options for the long-term EU strategy against Diabotrica virgifera (Western Corn Rootworm), a regulated harmful organism of maize, to support the drafting of the Commission Impact Assessment fo ( 2008 )

Organisation and delivery of a five-day seminar on traceability in meat sector for participants from Developing Countries for the DG TRADE of the EC The Commission, DG Trade in cooperation with DG Health and Consumer Protection, wanted to provide a five-day seminar in the field of sanitary and phytosanitary issues for administrators from several Developing Countries (DC). 
The objective of this training session was to provide a seminar to senior administrators from Developing Countries (DC) in the field of traceability of meat to improve the DC knowledge of the import related EC legislation in the field of traceability of meat. Moreover, the provision of technical assistance in this area would help to reduce the current difficulties being experienced by DCs in the area of meat traceability issues.
Tasks under this projects included seminar content management, identification and hiring of key EU experts, organisation of 2 field visits; and moderation during the 5 days
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Keywords:	Food safety, general food law, meat, traceability
Value:        	€ 135,000
Partners:   	MCI (Lead), and Arcadia International 
Organisation and delivery of a five-day seminar on traceability in meat sector for participants from Developing Countries for the DG TRADE of the EC ( 2008 )

Organisation and delivery of high level seminars in the area of competitiveness in the EU Food sector fot the European Commission (DG ENTR) The diffusion and transfer of information and results on (innovative) technologies to the food SME encounters many human and technological obstacles; together these contribute to generally slow pace at which innovation is introduced into processing plants. 
DG ENTR aimed to organize seminars to facilitate the diffusion and transfer of innovative technologies towards the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food production sector through the organisation of several two-day events in different EU27 Member States. Arcadia International was responsible for the content management of each individual event (9 in total), the proposal to the Commission of national partners as well as the moderation during the seminars.
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Keywords:	Food production, competitiveness, innovation, food supply chain
Value:        	€ 880,000
Partners:   	MCI (Lead) and Arcadia International 
Organisation and delivery of high level seminars in the area of competitiveness in the EU Food sector fot the European Commission (DG ENTR) ( 2007-2011 )

Evaluation of the Community acquis on the marketing of seed and plant propagating material (S&PM) - DG SANCO This evaluation of the Community acquis on the marketing of seed and plant propagating material (S&PM) was carried out as part of the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium and was placed in the context of the Better Regulation initiative.
The first step of this review process consisted of an evaluation of the current legislation that provided documented answers on the strengths and weaknesses of the current system for achieving the set objectives, and highlighted the need to set new objectives in order to respond to new and anticipated challenges. An equally important aim was to explore the possibilities for simplification and a reduction of administrative burdens on both public authorities and private sector stakeholders. 
The conclusions of the evaluation and the recommendations made by the evaluators will feed into the review of the Community legislation on the marketing of S&PM.
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Keywords:	Marketing of seed varieties, registration, certification, evaluation, better regulation, administrative burden
Value:        	€ 195,000
Partners:   	Arcadia International (Lead), Agra CEAS and Van Dijk Management Consultants via the FCEC.</I>
<br></br><a href=http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/propagation/evaluation/s_pm_evaluation_finalreport_en.pdf target=_blank'>Link to the Final report </a> Evaluation of the Community acquis on the marketing of seed and plant propagating material (S&PM) - DG SANCO ( 2007 - 2008 )

Impact assessment of a proposal to amend the Directive 91/414/EEC on the placing of plant protection products (PPP) on the market for DG SANCO This impact assessment for DG SANCO established the economic, environmental, and social impacts of options related to the revision of the Directive 91/414/EEC on the placing of Plant Protection Products on the market. Specifically, it assessed the economic, environmental, and social impacts of three policy options, namely the possibility of mutual recognition of authorisation and establishment of three authorisation zones; a system of compulsory data sharing with compensation and an arbitration mechanism; and a comparative assessment of selected active substances. 
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Keywords:	Marketing of plant protection products, risk assessment, pesticides
Value:        	€ 55,000
Partners:   	Civic Consulting (Lead), Agra CEAS and Arcadia International via the FCEC.
Impact assessment of a proposal to amend the Directive 91/414/EEC on the placing of plant protection products (PPP) on the market for DG SANCO ( 2007 )

Supply of statistical services in the field of the Environment statistics – Biological Plant Protection Products (BPPS) for Eurostat The general objective of the contract (in consortium with Van Dijk Management Consultants) was to launch a BPPS data collection process to complement the (chemical) PPP data collection.
More specifically, the objective was to:
•	Establish a list of commercial products and methods used for biological plant protection;
•	Identify the actors in the sector (producers, distributors, and users); 
•	Describe the organisation of the market and gather detailed information on the volumes marketed in terms of both quantities and economic values. 
The project also resulted in a consolidated methodology that could be used regularly by the Commission to follow the evolution of the sector. 
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Keywords:	Marketing of bio-pesticides, market data, pesticides
Value:        	€ 155,000
Partners:   	Van Dijk Management Consultants (Lead) and Arcadia International.
Supply of statistical services in the field of the Environment statistics – Biological Plant Protection Products (BPPS) for Eurostat ( 2007 )

Participation in SIGMEA on the feasibility of co-existence - DG RTD Participation in SIGMEA, a 6th framework research project on the feasibility of co-existence between traditional, biotech and organic agriculture.
<br></br><a href='ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/coexistence-brochure-final.pdf' target='_blank'>Link to SIGMEA Project</a> Participation in SIGMEA on the feasibility of co-existence - DG RTD ( 2006 )

 Evaluation of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) - DG SANCO Evaluation of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), together with another Consultant bureau, of the first two years of existence of EFSA;

Report available for consultation on the EFSA website  till end Feb. 2006 and on request.

<a href='http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_home.htm' target='_blank'>Link to EFSA website</a>

Evaluation of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) - DG SANCO ( 2006 )

 Evaluation of the Community Animal health Policy  - DG SANCO This meta-evaluation assessed the intervention logic, coherence, added value, effectiveness and efficiency of the various EU policy measures that relate to animal health, including intra-EU trade, imports from third countries, eradication programs and control measures for exotic diseases, animal identification and traceability. It also touched on environmental objectives and the extent to which these are currently taken into account in the formulation of policy on animal health. 
The second part of the evaluation has a forward-looking objective that seeks to determine future policy in this area, to feed into the Commission’s strategic thinking on animal health for 2007-13. 
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Keywords:	Animal health, evaluation
Value:        	€ 455,000
Partners:   	Agra CEAS (Lead), Arcadia International, Civic consulting and Van Dijk Management Consultants via the FCEC.</I>

<a href='http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/strategy/archives/final_report_en.htm' target='_blank'>see final report</a> Evaluation of the Community Animal health Policy - DG SANCO ( 2006 )

HACCP registration  Numerous food companies, restaurants, etc.preparation to HACCP registration for numerous companies in Hungary. HACCP registration ( 2005 )

Regulatory strategy dossier for feed additives For a large multinational company in the agri-food sector preparing registration dossiers for biotechnology based feed additives, including scientific evidence, toxicology data, etc. Regulatory strategy dossier for feed additives ( 2005 )

Build up the regulatory dossier for a novel feed ingredient  Regulatory strategy and support, including dossier construction, for a novel feed ingredient for an international animal nutrition company Build up the regulatory dossier for a novel feed ingredient ( 2005 )

Regulatory strategy and dossier construction Regulatory strategy and support, including dossier construction, for a novel feed ingredient for an international animal nutrition company. Regulatory strategy and dossier construction ( 2005 )

Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in animal feed  and pig meat  For European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in animal feed (soya) and pig meat in the EU - Feasibility analysis, cost modelling, risk analysis, recommendations. Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in animal feed and pig meat ( 2004 )

Conservation and sanitary condition manioc products  Conservation and sanitary condition manioc products imported from Africa for a Belgium based importer of African products. Conservation and sanitary condition manioc products ( 2003 )

Organising seminar on implementing Dir. 2001/18/EC - DG ENVIR Organising a stakeholders' seminar on implementing Dir. 2001/18/EC on commercialising Genetically Modified Organisms. European Commission - DG ENVIR Organising seminar on implementing Dir. 2001/18/EC - DG ENVIR ( 2003 )

Identifying costs and benefits of GM technology  Identifying the costs and benefits of GM technology for the Brazilian economy for a large multinational agri-food group. Identifying costs and benefits of GM technology ( 2003 )

Impact of GM technology on acceptance of new biopharmaceuticals Impact of GM technology on acceptance of new biopharmaceuticals - regulatory strategy and discussions with EMEA for a US-based crop biotechnology company. Impact of GM technology on acceptance of new biopharmaceuticals ( 2002 / 2003 )

Assessment of potential market in Europe for 'functional ingredients' For a large, technology intensive, food ingredients multinational company assessment of potential market in Europe for 'functional ingredients', that is ingredients which carry scientifically proven health benefits. Assessment of potential market in Europe for 'functional ingredients' ( 2002 )

Identification and evaluation of potential benefits of Bt maize Identification and evaluation of potential benefits of Bt maize for users in France for a large multinational agro-food company. Identification and evaluation of potential benefits of Bt maize ( 2002 )

Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in animal feed  Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in animal feed (soya and maize) and meat ( beef, pig, poultry) in the UK for Sainsbury's, NFU and MAFF Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in animal feed ( 2002 )

Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains   Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains in the milk products suply chain in France for CNIEL (Centre National Interprofessionnel de l'Economie Laitière). Assessment of technical and economic feasibility of 'non-GM' supply chains ( 2002 )

Analysing the issue of mycotoxins in food and feed ingredients Analysing the issue of mycotoxins in food and feed ingredients: types of mycotoxins, intensity, risks, approaches to cure, survey of regulation in the EU for a large multinational company in the agri food sector. Analysing the issue of mycotoxins in food and feed ingredients ( 2002 )

Identifying and assessing the risks potentially caused by fluoride in food  Identifying and assessing the risks potentially caused by fluoride in food for a food division of a large Japanese group. Identifying and assessing the risks potentially caused by fluoride in food ( 2002 )

Analysing and describing European food safety policies Analysing and describing European food safety policies, instruments and institutions, including EFSA and selected Member State Food Agencies for a Food division of a large Japanese group Analysing and describing European food safety policies ( 2002 )

Identifying and assessing traceability concepts for chocolate ingredients  Identifying and assessing traceability concepts and solutions for chocolate ingredients imported in Japan from Europe for a Food division of a large Japanese group. Identifying and assessing traceability concepts for chocolate ingredients ( 2002 )

Analysing and describing the European food safety policies Analysing and describing European food safety policies, instruments and institutions, including EFSA and selected Member State Food Agencies for a Food division of a large Japanese group Analysing and describing the European food safety policies ( 2002 )

Regulatory study for stem cell products Project on EU regulatory issues in stem cell products for a company considering moving from research materials supply to therapeutic applications. Discussions with national regulatory authorities on import issues, regulatory frameworks and dynamics. Regulatory study for stem cell products ( 2001 / 2002 )

Due diligence for probiotics manufacturing plant  Due diligence for probiotics manufacturing plant for an investment company Due diligence for probiotics manufacturing plant ( 2001 )

Survey on biotechnology applications in food and detergents Survey of biotechnology applications in food and detergents for a major agri-business multinational company Survey on biotechnology applications in food and detergents ( 2000 )

Organisation of a workshop on GM food and feed  Workshop on acceptance of food and feeds derived from GM crops for a major international agricultural company Organisation of a workshop on GM food and feed ( 2000 )

Identifying market potential for novel sweeteners Identifying market potential and growth opportunities for novel sweeteners for a major agri-business multinational company Identifying market potential for novel sweeteners ( 1998 )

Build up of scientific databases for John Innes Centre Interactive DataBase systems for managing large-scale product and science trials in the AMICA consortium for John Innes Centre, Norwich. Build up of scientific databases for John Innes Centre ( 1998 )

Regulatory study for a xenogeneic cell product Clinical acceptance, regulatory strategy and market trends in the EU for a xenogeneic cell product, a live pig cell based liver-support system; strategic discussions with regulatory authorities and clinical services for a US life sciences company. Regulatory study for a xenogeneic cell product ( 1996 / 2003 )

Scientific analysis and expert review of data on carcinogenicity of furazolidone  Independent scientific analysis and expert review of data on carcinogenicity of furazolidone for an European feed additive company. Scientific analysis and expert review of data on carcinogenicity of furazolidone ( 1996 )


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