Title IMPLEMENTATION OF A QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM FOR TRAINING IN ORGANIC FOOD RETAIL
Project Number 2010-1-GR1-LEO05-03967
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
CONTRACTOR: UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY
(Prof. Stergios Tzortzios)
As part of the initiative E(co)-Qualify 20 partners from 10 countries have developed and disseminated basics of quality assurance for training in organic retailing. In the second project phase, in E(co)-Qualify II, a comprehensive system of quality assurance for continuing education and further training in organic retail in Europe was developed. The intention of the introduction of a European Quality Assurance System is to offer education on the same high level with international comparable criteria and a controllable framework in the EU member states. In the third project phase, in E(co)- Qualify III, the Quality Assurance System is being transferred into states that have not benefited from the original project. The existing knowledge from E(co)- Qualify II is going to be crucial for the adaptation and testing of the Quality Assurance System at the national level and modification and adaptation of the QAS for the national needs and conditions in the new countries.
Summary The market of organic products in Europe is expanding with about 10-15% annually. Thus, for sustainable development of the organic food retail market the qualifications of the managers and employees are getting increasingly vital. The introduction of the Quality Assurance System “EcoQualify” offers one sufficient solution to this situation. This European Quality Assurance System was developed in the frame of the project called "Dissemination and implementation of a Quality Assurance System for education in organic retail in Europe - E(co)-Qualify II", co-financed by the European Commission in the frame of the Long Life Learning Program / Leonardo Da Vinci as an Innovation Transfer Project. The aim of the E(co)-Qualify III Project was the implementation of the European Quality Assurance System for Education in Organic Food Retail. The main focus and objectives of the project were the adaptation and testing of the QAS at national levels in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey; the modification and adaptation of the QAS for the national needs and conditions; the transfer and implementation of the QAS in the practice of educational institutions (universities, colleges, vocational training centers, etc.), aiming to establish a controllable framework of high quality training for the staff of organic products retailers in the receiver countries. Target groups and users were providers of qualification and training, professional associations, businesses, entrepreneurs and employees, and other stakeholders in the vocational training of this branch. Training institutions and stakeholders of professional education in the participating countries learned to know the quality assurance system and to implement it in their daily training and education practices. Project Coordinator was the University of Thessaly, Greece. Eight partners were participated in this project: Organic Retailers Association, ORA, Austria and Institute Equalita, Germany as partners from the initial project, contributing to the project with their experience from the original development activities; University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (UARD) /former Higher School “Agricultural College”, Bulgaria; Romanian Resource Center for the Promotion and Marketing of Organic Products - "EcoR Partner“, Romania and Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey as core partners and Eurocentre - Land and Environment, Bulgaria; C.V.T. GEORGIKI ANAPTIXI, Greece; Organic Product Producers and Industrialists Association (ORGÜDER), Turkey as associated partners.
Description In the E(co)-Qualify I poject, qualification standards for the training in the retail of organic foods were developed. In the second project phase, in E(co)-Qualify II, a comprehensive system of quality assurance for continuing education and further training in organic retail in Europe was developed. In the third project phase, in E(co)- Qualify III, the Quality Assurance System is being transferred into states that have not benefited from the original project, while the most important impact will be the development of a comprehensive European Quality Assurance System for further education in the organic foods trade based on qualification standards, which will improve the VET system, organic food and farming, retailers, labor market, etc.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
transparency and certification
The main products are:
- The European Assurance System for Further Education in Organic Food Trade;
- Licensing Guidelines;
- Quality Handbook, National quality assurance systems for further education in natural food trade in the four partner countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Turkey).