BRAMA Kick-off meeting

BRAMA  (contract no.12/2337)

Rome, 20-21 July 2012

The new 4 year project BRAMA- Botanicals Risk Assessment training in the Mediterranean Area, meet last Friday 21st of July in the center of Rome to have their kick-off meeting. The project composed of four organizations from Mediterranean countries will promote the mobility and exchanges of knowledge in the field of plant food supplements (PFS) through the training and professionalism of young people.

The project is a Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Mediterranean Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme.Project manager Dr Luca Bucchini  of Hylobates Consulting Sr in Rome, Italy, welcomed partners and ENPI CBC MED officers, and emphasized the core goal of BRAMA which is to build up the competences and professional skills of young researchers, technicians and inspectors in the field of botanicals.

Partners had the chance to present their institution, their experience in the botanical field, and their role in the project. Partners had the chance to present their institution, their experience in the botanical field, and their role in the project. Hylobates Consulting Srl in Rome, Italy, will be conducting the project management and developing the courses and training in quality control and safety assessment of botanicals for both technicians of SME’s and inspectors of regulating authorities. Dr Hanem M. Awad of the National Research Centre (NRC) of Egypt, will be training two selected PhD students on state-of-the-art and novel methods in risk assessment practice of compounds with toxicological activity that can be present in botanicals. Within its modern technical and analytical laboratory facilities, Jordan partner       Alà Al-Subeihi of Aqaba International Laboratories – BEN HAYYAN will train students in applied research for developing physiologically based kinetic (PBK) models for bioactivation and detoxification of selected substances found in PFS. Added to this Mediterranean mix, Prof Anastassios Troganis, University of Ioannina in Greece, brings analytical chemistry research in the project for the comprehensive phytochemical analysis of botanicals, the chemical structure elucidation of compounds of interest, and the development of methods using NMR spectroscopy.

Besides  of training PhD students, BRAMA will train young technicians in quality assurance and safety assessment of botanicals for industry, particularly seeing to the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises. The young  professional counterpart are the inspectors and competent authority staff that will also be trained within modules specifically designed and structured

In addition, ENPI CBC MED officers explained the ENPI programme structure and objectives,  and guided the BRAMA partners with their questions of the financial aspects and rules for the effective implementation of the project.

In the last day of the meeting, project associate Dr Jacques Vervoort of Wagenigen University (NL), remarked that “we need to improve the capacities of young people. That is what BRAMA is about” as he explained the needs for the specialized PhD training courses to be prepared by the partners.

“The project BRAMA is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (www.enpicbcmed.eu), and is financed, for an amount of 1,53 million Euro, by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

“The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French.”

– BRAMA Project Management Team –

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