Developing the FSS Regulatory Strategy

Closed 18 Apr 2017

Opened 24 Jan 2017

Feedback updated 4 Sep 2017

We asked

FSS asked respondents for their views on our draft regulatory strategy, and those areas of the food and feed regulatory system that may need to be changed in the future.

You said

Respondents were broadly supportive of our proposed regulatory approach, and provided detailed views on areas of possible change highlighted in the consultation.

We did

Consultation responses were used to refine our final regulatory strategy, which was considered and agreed by FSS at their open Board meeting on 17 May 2017, and are informing further policy development across the supporting regulatory strategy programme. 

The final regulatory strategy has now been published on the FSS website and can be found here.

Results updated 4 Sep 2017


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


As Scotland’s national regulator for food and feed FSS has a statutory responsibility under The Food (Scotland) Act 2015 to protect consumers from food safety risks, to improve dietary health, and to protect consumers’ other interests in relation to food. How we fulfil our role as a national regulator and the approaches we adopt will be important in achieving these objectives to deliver the best outcomes for consumers, and a key priority for FSS is developing a future regulatory strategy that is clear about:

  • How our regulatory functions are delivered
  • How we gain assurance about the performance of food businesses
  • How businesses are acting to protect consumers and what those businesses should expect from us

The draft regulatory strategy agreed by the FSS Board in March 2016, along with the subsequent papers the Board considered in June and August on the principles of official control delivery and key elements of an effective and sustainable system of regulatory oversight, establishes our proposed strategic approach as a basis for further dialogue with stakeholders.

FSS’s primary concern will always be consumer protection, so this means that food businesses that operate responsibly and do things that benefit consumers’ interests should benefit from risk-based and proportionate regulation, whilst effective and dissuasive action is taken with those businesses who do not step up to their responsibilities to consumers.

Scotland has a thriving food and drink sector which has a strong reputation both at home and abroad, and it is clear that a compliant food and drink industry is good for consumers as well as being good for business. As a Scottish regulator working in line with the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice we have an important role to play in supporting the economic wellbeing and strong international reputation of our food and drink sector by ensuring it is underpinned by an effective and sustainable regulatory system for food safety and standards, whether operating in the domestic, EU or wider global markets.

Prioritising consumer protection and applying better regulation principles to support a responsible and flourishing food and drink sector are therefore the central themes running through our proposed regulatory approach. Equally important is the need  work closely with our delivery partners to identify areas where change may be needed to shape the future food and feed regulatory landscape so that it remains effective, efficient and risk-based to meet the needs and challenges of modern Scotland.  This includes considering the resilience and capacity of existing food law enforcement services across Scotland and, of course, the nature of Scotland’s future relationship with Europe.

Why your views matter

This consultation is intended to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on our proposed strategic approach for regulating the food and drink industry in Scotland.  It will also give stakeholders an early opportunity to consider those areas of the food and feed regulatory system in Scotland where change may be required to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the current system. FSS is developing a programme of work to underpin our regulatory strategy that will explore these issues in more detail and provide further opportunities for stakeholder input at working level, but we are keen to seek initial stakeholder views at this early stage in the policy development process.




  • Consumer
  • Food Manafacturer
  • Food Producer
  • Retailer
  • Enforcer
  • Academic
  • Fisherman
  • Farmer
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Local Authority
  • Public Analyst Laboratory
  • Commerical Food Testing Laboratory
  • Public Health Professional
  • Consumer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Government
  • Consumer
  • Government
  • Food Industry
  • Public Health Practitioner
  • Local Authority
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Scientist
  • Consumer
  • Government Department
  • Scientific Advisory Commitee
  • Research Council
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Local Authority
  • Public analyst laboratory
  • Commercial food testing laboratory
  • Public health professional
  • Consumer
  • Government department
  • Local authority
  • Primary producer
  • Farmer
  • Scottish Government
  • Egg Poultry Unit
  • Public Health Division
  • FSA
  • Police Scotland
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • HMRC
  • local authority
  • Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health


  • Microbiological safety of food
  • chemical safety of food
  • radiological safety of food
  • food authenticity
  • adulteration of food
  • food surveillance
  • environmental monitoring
  • foodborne illness
  • laboratory assurance
  • food analysis
  • technical implementation
  • information storage
  • support
  • information flow
  • scientific advice
  • nutrition
  • food safety
  • allergens
  • biotechnology
  • genetic modification
  • food-bourne disease
  • food-bourne pathogens
  • data sharing
  • regulation
  • feed
  • food
  • enforcement
  • GIS
  • database
  • food law
  • feed law
  • primary production
  • emergency planning
  • food fraud
  • diet
  • health
  • Scottish diet
  • folic acid fortification
  • vitamin D
  • healthy eating
  • Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System
  • audit
  • approved meat establishments
  • food safety
  • food authenticity
  • adulteration of food
  • food surveillance
  • foodborne illness
  • food analysis
  • food fraud
  • criminal intelligence