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EU audit reports on official controls

31 August 2017

The European Commission has published reports on a series of audits undertaken by DG Santé on official controls in place in specific countries

Vietnamto assess controls on pesticide residues in fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices intended for export to the EU.

The report concludes that legislation and implementing procedures are in place to establish a control system for pesticides, but there were significant gaps with the implementation of official controls. Consequently, no effective pesticide control system for food exported to the EU is in place, and the authorities cannot ensure compliance of Vietnamese produce with international maximum residue levels for pesticide residues, including those established by the EU. Some private controls are implemented by individual exporters of fruit and vegetables to the EU, which can contribute to compliance of their produce with EU maximum residue levels.

Some limited measures were taken by the competent authorities to address the recommendations of the previous audit, but overall very little progress has been made and therecommendations had not been addressed satisfactorily.


Irelandto evaluate the control system of documentary checks at the Union borders.

The audit noted that documentary checks are carried out correctly and that the competent authorities have procedures in place to verify the effectiveness of official controls.  Good practices were noted concerning the distribution of information concerning products of non-animal origin subject to increased levels of official controls to importers, which raises their awareness and contributes to the smooth organisation of the official controls.


The Netherlandsto evaluate the control system of documentary checks at the Union borders.


The report comments that no documentary checks are carried out for products of non-animal origin covered by Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009. The documentary checks for products of non-animal origin covered by Commission Implementing Regulations (EU) No 884/2014 and 885/2014 are carried out based on certificates scanned and emailed by the persons responsible for the load, instead of original certificates. Therefore, there are no guarantees that all relevant consignment5s are accompanied with authentic original health certificates and results of analyses.

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