The year 2013 has seen further success for BTSF as a whole and, specifi cally, EAHC’s management of the activities, something which, in my capacity as Head of the EAHC Consumers and Food Safety Unit, gives me considerable satisfaction. In general terms, BTSF has continued to expand as regards subjects covered and numbers of people trained. However, the achievements of 2013 cannot be measured by quantity alone. A key feature of our work has been the putting into practice of a more diverse and fl exible approach to training provision. Given the number of subjects which BTSF now covers, fl... exibility is essential if we are to adapt our training to take account of all new developments at EU and international level in our training areas. An important innovation in 2013 is the introduction of sustained training missions (STMs) for EU Member States within the new SPS standards programme. Missions are launched when defi ciencies are identifi ed by the Food and Veterinary Offi ce (FVO) in order to support national authorities in improving compliance with EU standards. STMs have always been an important part of BTSF third country training and their incorporation into EU-based training will ensure that BTSF is even better tailored to Member States’ specifi c needs. A second new feature, and one with which we at EAHC are particularly pleased, is the broadening of the scope of the Agency’s work to include measures related to external trade, market access for non-EU countries and trade-related assistance. Linked to this, EAHC can now access a wider range of funding sources, including those controlled by Commission services working in related areas such as the Directorates-General for Trade and Development and Cooperation.