Doha: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in cooperation with the Qatar Chamber (QC), recently held an introductory seminar on the Ministry’s initiative titled “Third Party: Pre-shipment Food Inspection on Food Shipments “.
This initiative aims to issue the required verification certificates for food products imported by a third party in the country of origin before they are shipped for export to ensure food safety in a modern way. It also aims to ensure the fluidity of product flows by matching them in the country of origin and by easing control procedures at ports of entry.
For her part, the Director of Food Safety and Environmental Health at the Ministry of Public Health, Wassan Abdulla Al Baker, pointed out that the ministry recognizes that effective and efficient inspection and certification systems are fundamental elements of the food trade, affirming the importance of balancing the highest level possible. food security and trade facilitation.
Al Baker thanked QC for organizing the seminar and briefing the private sector and traders on the initiative prior to its approval, along with its requirements and proposed enforcement mechanisms.
During the meeting, the Food Safety and Environmental Health Division explained in detail the implementation mechanism of the scheme, whereby third-party companies or the organization approved by the competent authority will issue certificates of compliance for food products imported from laboratories or competent authorities. in the exporting country.
He said the initiative is voluntary for private sector companies and aims to strengthen public-private partnership and keep pace with recent global food control trends.
He also discussed third party accreditation requirements, which include that the applicant must be a licensed entity in Qatar and carry out a legal activity and must have an international certificate of accreditation in food inspection.
The requirements also include that it must have the appropriate technical and human capacity, report its activities to the ministry and inform it of any violations monitored in relation to food shipments.