The first joint national environmental health care control programme completed

21.12.2006

<div>The Food Safety Authority Evira, the Consumer Agency, and the National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health have together drawn up a joint national environmental health control programme for the year 2007. The control programme is a step towards joint steering of municipal environmental health control. The objective is to develop the regularity and quality of the control process to justify the feeds charged for the various environmental health control services.</div>

The joint national environmental health care programme for the year 2007 is the first one of its kind. The purpose of the programme is to coordinate the operation of the central agencies that steer environmental health care, in order to ensure the consistency of the basic principles of control programmes implemented in various fields, such as the food control programme, the animal disease and welfare control programme, the programme for control of compliance with the Chemical Act, the health protection control programme, the product safety control programme and the programme for control of compliance with the Tobacco Act.

The joint national environmental health care programme defines common principles for e.g. the content of inspections, for the risk assessment and risk classification as well as inspection frequency of the controlled establishment types, for the mean time reserved for inspections, for sampling and steering of control projects, for the content of the guidelines given for the assessment of the implementation of municipal control plans, as well as for the reporting guidelines.

Municipalities are responsible for implementing environmental health care as stipulated. The purpose of the joint national environmental health care programme is to provide tools to municipalities for drawing up a municipal control plan that takes all different areas of environmental health care equally into account.

Control programmes and plans are designed to develop and improve the regularity and quality of control efforts in the municipalities. Municipalities are to charge fees for regular control. In the opinion of Evira, the Consumer Agency and the National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health, it would be important to be able to allocate the fees charged for regular control to the development of resources in municipal environmental health care control.

The central agencies will in the future aim at even closer cooperation in the steering of the municipalities.

For more information, please contact:

Evira
Jorma Pitkänen, Lawyer, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24303 and Ulla Poutiainen-Lindfors, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24306
National Consumer Agency

Kaarina Kärnä, Senior Officer,  tel. +358 (0)9 7726 7351
National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health

Merja Vuori, Head of Unit, tel. +358 (0) 9 3967 2805 and Matti Karuvaara, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 9 3967 2808

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