Official Control of Public Health. Plan of Inspection and Scheduled Activities (PIAP)

Photo mosaic in which there is a swimming pool, a sampling laboratory, a greengrocer, a Sushi plate and technicians carrying out an inspection.


The Plan of Inspection and Scheduled Activities (PIAP) covers inspection activities for official inspection of food, establishments that impact public health and activities related to animal health and protection, that are conducted in Madrid on an annual basis. It is a global approach that sets out to organise municipal actions to ensure the optimal technical and functional quality of their execution. This integral approach aims to bring greater coherency to actions and inspections and serves as a key tool for annual planning. Each programme sets out its objectives, general and specific activities, the necessary resources and the timeframe of actions as well as appropriate assessment and monitoring methods to achieve the intended purposes.


The PIAP is designed and entirely executed by municipal staff assigned to the 21 departments of Health Services, Quality and Consumer affairs of the District Municipal Boards and the Departments of Food Safety, Central Inspection, Drinking Water, Food Transport, Inspection of Mercamadrid and Environmental Health of the Coordination Department of General Sub-Directorate for Public Health of Madrid Salud. In addition, the Public Health Laboratory of the Madrid City Council plays a fundamental role in the analysis of food, water and other products covered by the inspection services.


When devising the plan, all of the rules and regulations that regulate the inspected activities, in particular, the Protection of Public Health Ordinance 2014 are taken into account.


The plan, as a whole, is made up of 26 action programmes.



The plan is annual and was created to meet the need for municipal inspection services to carry out regular official inspections that are proportional to the hazards associated with different activities, notwithstanding other inspection activities that may be conducted, that are not related to planning, in cases of non-compliance, establishments being reported by citizens, official complaints or any other reason that the inspection services may deem appropriate.



The PIAP has been designed as a dynamic tool to identify the specific hazards associated with the activities and establishments inspected on the basis of hazard prevention and continuous improvement and serves to organise and coordinate inspection activities by standardising terminology, criteria, structure, organisation and management of the scheduled actions.



The activities included in the Plan of Inspection and Scheduled Activities have an impact on the control of hazards that can affect consumer health and safety, related to the following:


Official Inspection of food, the Plan complies with European Regulations on Official Inspections to guarantee that all legislation related to food is being adhered to. There are hazard prevention and control programs in the sectors of restaurants, food retailers, wholesale markets (Mercamadrid) and hazard control in the transport of food. It also inspects the information and food composition and their biological and chemical hazards along with their relevant programme of sampling and analysis in the Public Health Laboratory.


The activities include a specific programme to check drinking water in the water supply network and in drinking fountains in streets and parks.


With regard to establishments that impact public health, the programmes include the inspection of beauty salons, gyms, childcare and children's recreation areas and recreational water areas, inspecting both water and air quality in these last facilities.


As for centres for pets, from the viewpoint of animal health and welfare, inspection programmes are conducted in establishments that sell pets, pet clinics, veterinary clinics and pet grooming/hygiene centres.



To ensure compliance of the scheduled activities, there are 114 people who perform inspections, assigned to both the Districts and to Madrid Salud.


For 2019 the follows actions have been scheduled:

-13.556 inspections and audits of restaurants and food retail stores.

-2.178 inspections, checks and audits of wholesale food establishments in Mercamadrid

-640 checks of food transport vehicles.

-3.510 inspections of establishments that impact public health.

-597 inspections of establishments that sell pets, veterinary and pet grooming/hygiene centres.

-2.697 food sampling and checks.

-1,985 sampling of drinking water.

-450 analyses of water in recreational water facilities.

-216 controls of indoor air quality in heated swimming pools and urban spas.




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