International knowledge transfer projects (capacity building and consulting) are provided and organised for authorities, public institutions, quasi public institutions and associations as part of international cooperation programmes, such as Twinning, EuropeAid, European Neighbourhood Policy, Austrian Development Agency, and GIZ.
AGES provides capacity building activities for all the relevant fields. This includes:
- Concepts to set up authorities, monitoring systems, reference laboratories and quality management systems
- Training of authorities and/or experts at AGES or on-site
Regional foci emerge from existing bilateral relationships, demand for AGES expertise and financing possibilities, such as relevant EU programmes. Present focus regions for international knowledge transfer projects are the Western Balkans, the Middle East, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
AGES is partner in bilateral, European and international capacity building projekten and/or organises them.
European and international Cooperation
AGES cooperates with European and international organisations to fulfil its diverse health and food safety tasks.
AGES experts cooperate and advise authorities and NGOs as part of BTSF (Better Train for Safer Food), Twinning and TAIEX.
AGES cooperation partners in governmental issues are
- European Commission, Brussels
- European Food Safety Authority - EFSA, Parma
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), StockholEuropean Medicines Agency (EMEA)
- Food and Veterinary Office of the European Union, Dublin
- WHO/FAO Codex Alimentarius
- World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
- European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)Joint Research Centres of the European Commission (JRC), Ispra
- Sister institutes of the various EU member states
The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) was founded on the basis of the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act of 2002. AGES’s main goal is to protect the health of the people, animals and plants in Austria. In fact, the agency was founded for effective and efficient food safety evaluation and assessment and the epidemiological monitoring of diseases in humans. AGES is a 100% subsidiary of the Republic of Austria.
AGES’s services are defined in the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act. AGES acts on behalf of the Republic of Austria and is obliged to provide both the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) and the Austrian Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare (BASG) with the financial means and staff required to achieve their objectives. AGES is obliged to conduct the research necessary to fulfil its objectives and share relevant scientific findings in line with Art. 8 par. 1. Thus, its research activities serve to maintain and expand the competences required to fulfil all statutory tasks assigned to it by the legislator and its shareholders. Furthermore, AGES must carry out consulting and information activities for the shareholder ministries and the Austrian population.
Research and development activities are vital elements within the AGES mandate. As a result, AGES is involved in continuous knowledge transfer activities. The agency is legally obliged to observe scientific principles and standards that are acknowledged internationally (Art. 9 par. 1 subpar. 2). Specific research foci are defined in the AGES Research Strategy and the Research Framework Plan.
- Research strategy & defining research focus and knowledge transfer activities
- Research service
- AGES R & D activities
- AGES publications and knowledge transfer activities
- Experts in expert careers
- Research institute in line with FTE & FFG RL
- Internal assignment and responsibility for AGES R&D and knowledge transfer activities
- Science communications (knowledge transfer for scientists in collaboration with the Division for Risk Communications)
- Supporting science committees according to Art. 11 of the Health and Food Safety Act
- Project acquisition and coordination of interdisciplinary projects
- Contact for international knowledge transfer activities
Research at AGES is applied research. The research focus and experimental development (R&D) are centred on creating new knowledge from existing know-how, through studies and assessments, for instance, but also through analysis and the development of methods, for example.