With the conclusion of its 2014 training activities, the Better Training for Safer Food programme (BTSF) is fast approaching its 10th anniversary. This marks an important milestone in the development of the programme, which began life with the launch of calls for tender for training programmes way back in 2005. The programme has been, and will continue to be an important contribution to a better implementation of EU food safety rules, which the new College of Commissioners has recognised as a welldeveloped system with major importance for consumer confidence and for the economic situation in... the EU. A series of conferences will be organised through BTSF at the Expo Milan 2015, one of which will be dedicated to the 10th birthday celebrations. Granting BTSF a place in an event of such global importance is testament to the prominence it has attained over the past ten years. From small beginnings, BTSF has grown, particularly in 2014, a year in which seven new training subjects have been introduced. Over the years, BTSF has trained in the region of 48 000 participants from across the globe on over 40 different subjects. The most impressive thing about BTSF’s expansion, certainly over the last four to five years, is that it has been achieved during a period where available resources, particularly in terms of funding, have remained more or less constant. This expansion has taken place in spite of considerable challenges, which were identified in the first and second general BTSF evaluations. The need to expand the programme’s reach in order to respond to the high demand for the kind of training it offers was one of those challenges. The activities contained in this report have taken place against the conclusions of the second general evaluation, which was completed in 2013. In light of this, the past year has seen extensive work to put the recommendations into practice. Renewed effort has been made to meet the high levels of demand, particularly through further development of the BTSF e-learning platform as part of the elaboration of a blended learning offer combining e-learning and workshops. Another element has been the introduction of basic- advanced level workshops into specific programmes. Better identification of training priorities is a key task. Work is underway steps to improve communication between all stakeholders, as well as moves to set out clear criteria for defining priorities. It is also vital to improve training quality in terms of format, audience, availability of the most appropriate tutors and knowledge sharing and networking possibilities. Dissemination is also essential to increasing the reach of BTSF. Knowledge-sharing and outreach has been improved through e-learning schemes, clearer learning tools and moves towards Member States and participants to formally undertake dissemination commitments. Moreover, the development of new benchmarks to assess the impact of training on control practices has begun with initial works on a cost-benefit study on longterm strategies.