Awareness of animal welfare legislative measures, certification and labelling schemes is crucial for livestock professionals and contributes to optimise decision-making at business level in this sector

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Key reasons to attend this course

Better understand the scientific, economic and cultural background for the animal welfare concept.
Be aware of the different indicators used to measure animal welfare.
Know the current EU animal welfare legislation and its institutional arrangements.
Know the characteristics of different certification and labelling schemes available in Europe.
Be aware of the economic and social impacts when implementing certification and labelling schemes.


Bernardos, Pablo - MAPA, Madrid (Spain)
Dalmau, Antoni - IRTA, Monells (Spain)
González, Helena - MAPA, Madrid (Spain)
Ledoux, Celine - DG Sante, Brussels (Belgium)
Liste, Guiomar - Red CIBA, Zaragoza (Spain)
Llonch, Pol - UAB, Barcelona (Spain)
Niemi, Jarkko - LUKE, Seinäjoki (Finland)
Riera, Susana - Generalitat de Cataluña, Barcelona (Spain)
Villalba, Teresa - MAPA, Madrid (Spain)

Applied approach

Course in English

Hybrid modality

International networking


  • 0. Welcome to participants, message from organisers. Programme explanation (1 hour)
  • 1. History and evolution of animal welfare: scientific, ethical, economic, cultural, religious
    and political dimensions (1 hour)
  • 2. Scientific background of animal welfare (6 hours)
    • 2.1. From the five freedoms to the five domains
    • 2.2. Physiological, behavioural and affective states, the drivers of the welfare status
    • 2.3. Animal welfare assessment (resource-based, animal-based, automated collection)
    • 2.4. Iceberg and proxy indicators for the welfare of poultry, swine, cattle and small ruminants
      • 2.4.1. At farm
      • 2.4.2. At transport
      • 2.4.3. At slaughter
    • 2.5. Practical work: Measuring reliability of different animal welfare indicators
  • 3. Animal welfare legislation (6 hours)
    • 3.1. Evolution of European legislation on animal welfare
    • 3.2. Interaction between European and national legislation
    • 3.3. Overview of European and national institutions and their roles in animal welfare legislations. Creation of evidence-based legislation
    • 3.4. Drivers of animal welfare: legislation vs. certification
    • 3.5. Animal welfare legislation and implementation for poultry, swine, cattle, and small ruminants
      • 3.5.1. At farm level
      • 3.5.2. At transport
      • 3.5.3. At slaughter
    • 3.6. Articulation of animal welfare legislation with other legislations
      • 3.6.1. Articulation of animal welfare and environmental legislation and food safety/animal health regulations
      • 3.6.2. Articulation of animal welfare and organic agriculture regulations and common agricultural policy
    • 3.7. Animal welfare legislation and trade
  • 4. Quality standards, certification and labelling (14 hours)
    • 4.1. Definition and interaction of quality standards, certification and labelling
    • 4.2. Legislation on quality standards, certification and labelling
    • 4.3. EU best practice guidelines for voluntary certification schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs
    • 4.4. ISO Standard ISO/TS 34700:2016. General requirements and guidance for organisations in the food supply chain
    • 4.5. Animal welfare certifications and labels
      • 4.5.1. Animal welfare certification and labelling EU landscape
      • 4.5.2. Certification process and compliance
      • 4.5.3. Consumer and operator expectations from welfare certification and labels
      • 4.5.4. Economic impact of adopting welfare certification and labels
      • 4.5.5. Co-existence with other labels
    • 4.6. Case studies. Examples of Animal Welfare certification and labels
      • 4.6.1. Poultry
      • 4.6.2. Cattle
      • 4.6.3. Swine
      • 4.6.4. Ovine
    • 4.7. Practical work. Role game: creation of a certification scheme
  • 5. Present and future of animal welfare (2 hours)
    Round table to discuss the current situation and future prospects of animal welfare.


The course is designed for professionals with a university degree, and oriented towards public and private planners and decision-makers, technical advisors and livestock producers, stakeholder organisations, auditors and researchers, involved in the development and implementation of animal welfare plans and regulations. Academics working in related topics are also welcome to apply.

  • 30 places will be available for face-to-face participation with access to lectures, round table discussion and all practical work (30 hours).
  • 30 places will be available for online participation with access to lectures and the round table discussion via live streaming. (24 hours).

Knowledge of English will be valued in the selection of candidates as it will be the working language of the course.

  • Candidates may apply on-line at the following address:
  • Applications must include the curriculum vitae and a copy of the support documents most related to the subject of the course.
  • The deadline for the submission of applications is 14 July 2024. If places are still available after this date, the deadline will be extended to 30 September 2024 for candidates not requiring a visa or a scholarship.
  • Applications from candidates requiring authorisation to attend the course may be accepted provisionally.
  • Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro for face-to-face participation and 350 euro for online participation. This sum covers tuition fees only.
  • Candidates from Mediterranean CIHEAM member countries and FAO member countries from the Middle East and North Africa may apply for scholarships covering registration fees. In some cases, scholarships may cover the cost of travel and full board accommodation.
  • Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants on site to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organisation, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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