Administration and Service Planning - Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2020

Closes 5 Oct 2020

Opened 24 Aug 2020

Overview

The new Administration and Service Planning - Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2020 (hereafter referred to as the Administration and Service Planning Code 2020) is being introduced as part of phase 3 of the Food Law Code of Practice review.

The Administration and Service Planning Code incorporates the following changes:

  • Alignment with Food Standards Scotland’s Regulatory Strategy.
  • Alignment to reflect Food Standards Scotland’s Strategy to 2021 and the Scottish Government’s approach to Better Regulation as set out in the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice.
  • Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625.

The Administration and Service Planning Code supersedes certain sections of the consolidated Food Law Code of Practice 2019 (please see  Annex 5 of the Administration and Service Planning for further information).  It is also part of a wider programme of work within our Regulatory Strategy to review the Food Law Code of Practice.  A summary of the review is detailed below.

Phase One

The publication of the consolidated Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2019 which updated the Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2015 to reflect changes in legislation and practice since 2015 and to ensure it is in alignment with Food Standard Scotland’s Regulatory Strategy. This phase was completed on 31 January 2019.

Phase Two

The Interventions Code is the first in a programme of work to publish a series of individual publications and introduces the Food Law Rating System (FLRS).  The FLRS combines the rating systems for Food Hygiene and Food Standards into one Food Law Intervention scheme based upon a new food business performance model that will target resources on high to medium risk and non-compliant businesses.  This phase was completed on 1 July 2019.

Phase Three

The key aim is to develop the process to simplify future updates by producing further individual Food Law Code of Practice publications.  It is important that given the pace of legislative change Codes of Practices continually reflect current legislation, to ensure Food Authorities are accurately informed of the criteria they are required to have regard to when undertaking Official Controls.  As part of Phase 3 Individual Codes of Practice publications are initially being considered for Approvals and Enforcement Sanctions.  In addition all Codes of Practice have been updated to include the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 and all future Codes of Practice will require to be updated in alignment any other legislative changes that arise from exiting the EU.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the Administration and Service Planning –  Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2020.

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Audiences

  • Public analyst laboratory
  • Local authority
  • Scottish Government
  • FSA
  • COSLA
  • local authority
  • REHIS
  • Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health
  • SFELC

Interests

  • food authenticity
  • food surveillance
  • laboratory assurance
  • information storage
  • food safety
  • data sharing
  • regulation
  • food
  • enforcement
  • database
  • food law
  • primary production
  • emergency planning
  • food fraud
  • Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System
  • food safety
  • food authenticity
  • food surveillance