Companies in the agri-food sector as well as consortia of entire value chains are increasingly relying on the integrated implementation of management systems. Integration offers a number of advantages such as clear, coordinated responsibilities and assignment of tasks, transparency and cost optimization. This four-day course enables access to the further education to become food safety and health manager, food chain manager and crisis manager. It teaches competences to integrate elements of different systems such as quality policy, documents, processes, methods and tools, quality, environmental, safety and health management systems into one effective overall system. The aim is to enable graduates to understand their organization as a system, to identify the functions and potentials of management systems and to implement and further develop the integration of management systems.

The focus of competence transfer lies upon methods of process and project management as well as industry-relevant norms and standards. Techniques in quality management for communication, presentation and documentation are taught using practical examples and group work exercises. In addition, the best possible use of tools and methods for setting up, integrating and optimizing management systems is presented. The application of tired and tested tools is taught using practical, operational exercise scenarios. The training is supplemented and deepened by a wide range of seminars offered by several EQA members.





Target group

Persons in charge of integration and further development of quality, environmental, safety, health and crisis management systems in individual companies or corporations.


1st block (8 hours / 2x 4 hours)

Basics of agri-food management
  • Basics and integration of management systems
  • Principles and organizational concepts in process and project management
  • Quality and safety policy
  • Overview of legal regulations and important industry standards


2nd block (8 hours / 2x 4 hours)

Strategy and organizational development
  • Strategies in the corporate context
  • Responsibilities and assignments
  • Coordination tasks and mechanisms
  • Human resource development, motivation and fostering of relationships with staff, customers and suppliers


3rd block (8 hours / 2x 4 hours)

Methods and tools
  • Identification and presentation of processes
  • Methods of planning, measuring and continuous improvement
  • Methods of performance monitoring
  • ICT support in planning and measurement processes as well as management of knowledge


4th block (8 hours / 2x 4 hours)

Communication and traceability
  • Internal and inter-company traceability systems
  • Standards and norms for identification systems in global trade
  • ICT based communication
  • Intercultural communication