Bitesize training: Border Target Operating Model

CIEH member: £55
Affiliate member: £110
Non-member: £110
CIEH student member: £110

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As the UK is now no longer a member of the EU single market, it is free to set its own requirements for food coming into Great Britain. Several years in development, the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) is being enacted throughout 2024 and will lead to changes in checks for EU/EFTA goods and those from the rest of the world.

From 30 April 2024, high-risk plants and plant products must come through a Border Control Post (BCP) or Control Point (CP) where identity and physical checks will be carried out.

This bitesize session will provide an overview of the key changes and how they will impact both port health and local authority staff engaged in imported food control – both legitimate and illegal imports.

Please note: this event will focus on controls for Great Britain only, as there are significant differences in the legal situation for Northern Ireland.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an overview of the key changes to imported food controls effected by the BTOM
  • Understand the potential impacts of the changes for those working in imported food control within port health and inland authorities

Who should attend?

This event is recommended for those working for GB, Channel Islands and Isle of Man port/local authorities:

  • Port Health Officers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Other authorised officers involved in imported food control (at the border or inland)
  • Lead Imported Food Officers

The session will be particularly useful for those who previously attended the FSA/CIEH training webinar: Inland Imported Food Law and Enforcement.

CPD: 2 hours

Helen Buckingham

Helen Buckingham CEnvH MCIEH, Chartered EHP

Helen has been a Chartered EHP for more than thirty years. She is a former Executive Director of multiple services in local government and also a former regulatory policy lead within the Department for Business and Trade.

As a regulatory consultant since 2018, Helen has worked with several Whitehall teams and local authorities, CIEH, CTSI and others as a technical expert, writer, trainer and is also a guest lecturer in regulatory leadership.

As the FSA’s lead author for imported food training materials and programmes for the last 6 years, Helen enjoys meeting and supporting inland and border colleagues, sharing her knowledge and networks to solve problems and inspire!

Helen is a member of CIEH’s new Port Health Advisory Panel and an Associate of the Association of Port Health Authorities.

Martin Walker

Martin Walker CFCIEH, BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, EHORB registered.

Martin’s experience surrounds Port Health and EHO roles and responsibilities, and he has delivered occasional Inland Imported Food Courses on behalf of the CIEH for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). His responsibilities in his work for the Ministry of Health, Government of Bermuda included setting up and recruiting and managing the new port health section within the environmental health department, to act as the leading technical expert on matters relating to port health at the L.F Wade International Airport and three authorised seaports at Bermuda, while also developing imported food legislation plus implementing imported food check systems for Bermuda. Martin has previously worked for the Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority as a Port Health Officer, which involved him carrying out required ship inspections of vessels using the port, as well as protecting the public and animal health through the enforcement of UK and EU legislation.





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