Vienna Food Safety Forum 2022

October 3, 2022 @ 5:10 am – October 5, 2022 @ 6:10 am
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Vienna Food Safety Forum 2022 @ Vienna

“Data Driven Innovation in Food Safety”
3-5 October 2022
Vienna, Austria

Logistics Note for Vienna


Global food systems have been facing unprecedented challenges from supply chain disruptions and economic slowdown through the global pandemic. Two years after the COVID-19 outbreak, food safety stakeholders aim to further optimize their operations using data and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. Digitalization and data-driven innovations—like remote (virtual) audits and acceptance of digital certification—open the door for new opportunities to the food safety community to create more resource-efficient and robust practices based on evidence. Furthermore, the pandemic fast-tracked the adoption of digital solutions for alternative decision making by food regulators, businesses, food safety service providers, and academia. However, the extent to which these actors have seized this opportunity varies.

New solutions also require significant changes in current practices and capacities, all which come with certain risks, but also presents opportunities. By sharing experiences using technology-driven innovations, regional bodies, industry, development sectors and academia will develop a better understanding of current digital trends in food safety. Such events also help these actors to benefit from these new opportunities to achieve better public health outcomes and facilitate enhanced trade.

Participants will explore the following key questions:

  • How can new data-driven innovations improve food control and food safety management practices?
  • What role can public-private dialogue play in data-driven innovation?
  • What can we learn from existing experiences and challenges in using digital approaches and innovations to transform food safety practices?

Objective of the event 

This blended three-day event provides a platform for food safety stakeholders from the public and private sectors and academia to exchange experiences in their digital transformation of food safety practices. Accordingly, participants will gain insights and be able to discuss topics such as the electronic exchange of certification related to food trade, use of data generated by voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programmes, and remote audit and inspection practices.

Structure of the event 

The event will be structured around plenary sessions and networking breaks to maximise the benefits of face-to-face interactions among the participants. The plenary sessions will be streamed online and open for participation based on prior registration. Through the blended format, stakeholders who can participate in person, will also be allowed to participate in different networking sessions and discussions. Two and a half days of the forum would be structured around seven plenary sessions and four networking sessions.

Interpretation will be available in the following languages: English, French, and Spanish.

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