Qatar University and Highfield Qualifications have signed a memorandum of understanding to deliver certified training sessions on food safety and security to the former’s students, in addition to health practitioners and food sector stakeholders throughout Qatar.
As part of the ongoing activities and efforts of College of Health Sciences, the programme aims to enhance the capacity and develop skills and professionalism of specialists in food sanitation.
There are four different levels and after each one trainees will sit for an international exam that provides an approved award (certificate) in food safety upon successful completion.
Professor Dr Egon Toft, vice-president for Medical and Health Sciences and dean of College of Medicine, stated, “Qatar needs to ensure that the food produced and manufactured locally as well as the food imported, is safe for consumption. Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Health Strategy consider food safety as a fundamental and integral part of Qatar’s on-going efforts to have one of the safest and most comprehensive food systems in the world. The main objectives of the strategy clearly identify the need for highly qualified calibres who need to be prepared through proper education and training.”
Professor Dr Asma al-Thani, dean of the College of Health Sciences stated, “The MoU is part of the mission to support the professional development of the existing food inspectors, health inspectors, food safety officers working in both the public and private sector. Here the importance of safe food for the well-being of the citizens of Qatar is re-emphasised.”
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