ainia centro tecnológico  
AINIA is a technology centre with the legal status of a private non-profit association, created in 1987 and formed by more than 900 companies mainly from the food sector, but also from environment and energy, packaging, chemical products, cosmetics, pharmaceutics and biomedicine sectors.

AINIA belongs to the Spanish Federation of Technology Centres (FEDIT), the Network of Technological lnstitutes of the Valencian Community (REDIT), and to the European Food Institutes (EFI).

It counts with a multi-disciplinary team of 180 professionals: food technicians, agronomists, pharmaceutics, chemists, physicists, industrial and telecommunications engineers, biologists and other disciplines. Regarding infrastructures, it counts with 13.000 m2 of facilities, 10 training classrooms, 8 laboratories and 10 pilot plants.

Its scope of work includes Food & Health, Food Quality and Safety, Design and Industrial Production, Sustainability and Consumer. Its mission is essentially to "add value to companies by leading innovation and technological development in a responsible and committed way".

AINIA’s areas of specific expertise are: Food Technology, ICT and Electronic Technologies Environmental and Energetic Technologies, Chemical Technologies, Packaging Technologies, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.

The centre provides different services such as specialised training, R&D projects, technological assistance, analytical services, consulting and management support, technological foresight and support for industrial processes.

One of AINIA’s five strategic units is the Training Unit, since the development of technical and management skills of industry professionals is considered as crucial for the competitive development of the sector. Thus, the training and retraining of technicians and professionals is being developed in AINIA since its creation to meet the needs of businesses, and contribute to the development of the sector in an increasingly competitive and dynamic national and international environment.

AINIA’s training expertise is supported by the results of the evaluation and certification of quality over the past years’ activities. In 2000 AINIA obtained a training services accreditation through the Q*For methodology, based on customer satisfaction and transparency of information (Q*For 2000/2003 and 2003/2006). Since 2006, AINIA has the Certificate of Company Registration with No ER-1034/2006 issued by AENOR, which demonstrates the compliance of its quality management system with the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 for the design and execution of training activities in the agri-food and related areas.

Concerning the specific training area related to this proposal, the Microbiology and Molecular Biology laboratory of AINIA is giving analytical, technological and R&D support to industries of the agrofood, health and related sectors. The laboratory has established analytical quality system according to ISO 17025, with 30 accredited techniques by ENAC (Spanish Accreditation Body) and has a broad experience in the development of new analytical technologies based mainly on molecular methods, for the rapid detection and characterization of food pathogens, foodborne viruses, with the development of specific probes for detection; sequencing for identification of isolates, as well as for differentiations between the different strains, using the molecular patterns with techniques such as rep PCR and pulsed fields.

The laboratory has 4 independent areas (with a total of 534 m2): Laboratory of food analytical control for identification and isolation for pathogens in foods and other type of matrices; Molecular biology Laboratory; Bio security Laboratory (Category 3) and Culture cell laboratory.

AINIA has long experience in training & dissemination activities for the food and related industries, as well as for the Public local and national Administration (Ministries, Municipalities….). In the last 5 years AINIA has trained more than 8.000 technologists who have later joined the industry and has given more than 11.000 hours in specialised training. Training activities work with the ISO 9001:2008 standards to ensure its quality.

Part of the training activities are developed in in-person modality (courses, workshops, stays ...). AINIA Also offers e-learning services since 2001 under methodology 100% on-line and / or blended learning. In 2006, AINIA started using Moodle, an open source and collaborative training platform, which improves his training services.

AINIA has also a broad and consolidated training experience at international level, gained through a number of projects and activities.

The laboratory has acquired extensive experience in areas related to standardization and validation of analytical methods. Participate actively in various standards committees: National Coordination of the Committee on Standardization of food microbiological methods AENOR (Ref. AEN / CTN 34 / SC 4) and representation of the National Group in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) (Ref: CEN / TC 275 / WG 6) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) (Ref. ISO/TC34/SC09), and expertise in the Microbiological Method Validation Working Group (Ref ISO/TC34/SC09/WG03).

Contact person: Amparo de Benito
Tel.: +34 96 136 60 90



Founded 1965, KIN Food Institute in the field of VET, research and development as well as quality assurance for the food industry.

The benefits of membership are the highly customer-oriented cooperation of different working fields as well as establishing network with leading European food institutes which has been in operation since 1993.

KIN Food Institute provides two non-profit vocational education operations:  Vocational Education Department (seminars) and the Professional School for Food Technicians. The taxable service fields “Quality Assurance” and "Food Processes" are combined in KIN GmbH, a commercial subsidiary. Sole shareholder of KIN GmbH is the KIN Food Institute. KIN GmbH keeps an accredited microbiological laboratory and is taking part in the quality assurance of many food producers.

Due to its diverse competencies, KIN is able to support its members and customers with high quality assistance, advice and problem solutions.

The KIN Food Institute can support the project to the development, model validation and publish the plan as follows:

  • Development of the program: microbiology know-how in theory and practice, accreditation for the food microbiological laboratories and the organization of the program
  • Model validation of the program: trial and error by students and quality assurance staff
  • Publish plan of the program: Information for KIN Food institute members and the students of KIN Technical School, Reports at our homepage and our Newsletter “KIN aktuell”, Presentation at our yearly members meeting and open day “KIN-Live”, professional journals

Also we have the opportunity to present the program in our seminars at the KIN Food Institute. We arrange training in all these service fields within the scope of our vocational education department and we accompany your product development or production processes jointly with our Food Processes department.

Furthermore we can present our project Food Web 2.0. The program Food Web 2.0 is used of interactive and collaborative elements. The user does not only consume, but also provide contents.

Examples of web 2.0-tools:

  • Forum: virtual place for exchange and storage of thoughts, opinions and experiences. Asynchronous communication.
  • Wiki: accumulation of websites, which can be build and revised by users
  • Blog: online-journal. Reader can comment the entrys.
  • Podcast: publication of audio and video files via internet.

Contact person: Dorothee Kregel
+49 (0) 4321 601 53


Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (hereafter named IZSAM) is a public health body belonging to the Italian National Health System.

The Institute provides scientific and technical support to the National and Regional Governments in veterinary public health, promoting an integrated approach to the system of animal health and welfare and food safety.

Its mission is to ensure human health protection, providing citizens and the National Health System with appropriate response to public health needs, through scientific knowledge and expertise on food safety, animal health and welfare, control and prevention of transmittable animal diseases, including zoonoses, support to food production.

IZSAM works to build a common culture, to assure human-animal-environment health and safe relationships, whereas animal welfare – animal health – food safety are part of a sustainable integrated system.

The staff includes over 450 people. Headquarters and main laboratories are located in Teramo, Abruzzo Region. Five diagnostic laboratories, one Sea and water biology laboratory, the International Centre for Veterinary Training and Information, and the Animal Welfare Centre operate in Abruzzo and Molise Regions. IZSAM manages one OIE collaborating centre (veterinary training, epidemiology, food safety, and animal welfare), four OIE reference laboratories (Bluetongue, Brucellosis, CBPP, West Nile Disease), one FAO reference centre (veterinary epidemiology), seven national reference centres and laboratories in veterinary issues, and the National Animal Identification and Registration System.

The Institute research is funded by the Italian Government, the European Union, as well as other international sources. Many projects are developed in co-operation with Italian, European and other International top research Institutes. The research activity mainly aims at solving technical and management problems in the field of Veterinary Public Health.

The Information Technology system implemented by the Institute, is one of the most advanced in Italy and among the most advanced in Europe. This is demonstrated by the fact that the Institute is the National centre for Animal Identification and Registration and manages the national cattle, sheep and goats as well as swine, poultry and production equine national databases. Moreover, the Institute manages the European Union official information systems for Bluetongue surveillance as well as the OIE Bluetongue laboratory network information system. Furthermore the Institute, as National Reference Centre for epidemiology and risk analysis, is responsible for the development of the national epidemiological surveillance system, on behalf of the National Veterinary Authority.

IZSAM has been one of the first health institutions in Italy to pioneer a prestigious international policy based on cooperative relations and the exchange of knowledge with Third Countries. In 2004, IZSAM was appointed as Collaborating Centre of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for Veterinary Training, Epidemiology, Food Safety and Animal Welfare. A long-lasting collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is in place and it was reappointed as FAO Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Epidemiology in 2012.

In the last 20 years, the Institute has being developing stable relationships with the most important research institutions in Europe and third countries, while international cooperation has become a pillar of the Institute activities especially on capacity building of OIE and FAO members states veterinary services.

From the nineties, IZSAM has been providing training courses for in-house and external customers in compliance with the requirements of UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 norm. In 2004, under the auspices of the OIE, IZSAM implemented an International Training Centre (CIFIV) for Veterinary Education and Information on animal health and welfare and food safety, based in Teramo and Cerrano.

Since 2007, IZSAM is one of the training providers of the European Commission. Within the “Better training for safer food” (BTSF) Initiative, it is responsible for the implementation of training courses for official veterinarians of the National Competent Authorities (NCAs) of the EU MS, Candidate and selected Third Countries. In 2011, IZSAM became the first eLearning provider of the EC, for the management of training courses for official veterinarians and other professionals selected by NCAs. In August 2012, IZSAM  has been selected for the award of the second Call for the provision of modules for eLearning training courses under the BTSF Programme.

Contact person: Francesca Pompei
+39 861 332672

Contact person: Chiara Albanello
Tel.: +39 861 332672



ISQ is a private, non-profit and independent technological institution founded in 1965 and actually runs operations in more than 30 countries across the world (EU, Eastern Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia), offering its experience in technical inspections, technical assistance for engineering projects, consultancy services and training activities, supported by transversal research and development activities and by 23 accredited laboratories (e.g.: chemical, bio and agro testing, non-destructive testing, Aerospatiale, etc)

ISQ has presently more than 1000 collaborators in Portugal, being the biggest Portuguese technological infrastructure and the second biggest VET player in Portugal, with branches in all Portuguese regions and in more than 40 countries all over the world.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Entrepreneurship are also key areas at ISQ training services, focus of many recent studies and projects, being presently the coordinator of largest national network of Corporate Social Responsibility (with more than 250 member-organisations,; Social Entrepreneurship is one of the largest thematic groups within this National CSR Network.

ISQ is accredited for training services and training of trainers and is certified under Quality, Environmental and Safety management model according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

For that propose, ISQ conducts Research and Development activities (R&D), promoting projects with national and international partners, from both public and private sector, aiming at continuous product and process innovation.

Concerning the training activity of ISQ, it has a recognized experience in all areas of the training cycle (needs analyses, design, implementation, evaluation) being presently the second biggest  player in  Life Long Learning in PT, including expertise in creation of national standards (professional profiles) national quality references for VET, expertise in e-learning/b-learning, work based learning and apprenticeship, technological training with ECVET, training for social inclusion professional, professional marketing and social marketing for employment (including disadvantage people and NEETS) certification and recognition of knowledge and competencies.

With more than 20 years of experience of participation in EU funded projects ISQ as a whole has promoted or participated in over 500 projects, including projects in the field of lifelong learning and human capital development. From 2006 onwards, ISQ has participated in more than 50 Lifelong learning programme projects.

ISQ training department has built extensive know-how in innovative learning paths and key competences, working closely with the IEFP, the Portuguese Public Institute for Employment and Training and the National Agency for Qualifications, as well as in developing tools and methodologies, including creation of national standards (professional profiles) national quality references for VET, ICT based tools, via national and international project partnerships.

Contact person: Raquel Maria Almeida
+351 214 234 003


MICROQLAB PROJECT - Training in innovation through the Quality System in Food Microbiological Laboratories
Erasmus+ programme

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.