Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for food regulation in the UK

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central London


This seminar focuses on the future of food regulation, and what it means for consumers, the food industry, private assurance scheme owners, and local authorities.

Delegates will assess the ongoing implementation of the FSA’s ‘Regulating Our Future’ (ROF) programme, which aims to create a modernised regulatory system for food that is risk based, agile and resilient.

Discussion is expected on the impact of the ROF programme - including potential changes to the recognition of regulated private assurance schemes and the role of the Primary Authority in developing National Inspection Strategies.

It will also be an opportunity to assess the potential impact of amendments to the Food Law Codes of Practice for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, following the recent consultations aimed at supporting the implementation of ROF.

The conference also takes place with the FSA and Food Standards Scotland publishing their joint review of meat processing, including recommendations on using a single organisation to deliver all official controls in a geographic location, clearer guidance to businesses, a wider focus on skills, and greater data transparency and more effective data use by regulatory authorities.

Further sessions will consider the future of food regulation - and food supply and trade - following the UK’s exit from the European Union with:

Guest of Honour

Heather Hancock

Chair, Food Standards Agency

Guest of Honour

Heather Hancock

Chair, Food Standards Agency


Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Member, House of Lords European Union Committee; Member, House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee and Chairman, Assured Food Standards

Dr David Drew MP

Shadow Minister, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Senior speaker confirmed from Fera Science

Dr Camilla Alexander-White

Senior Policy Advisor, Environment & Regulation, Royal Society of Chemistry

Jim Cathcart

Policy Director, UKHospitality

Sue Davies

Strategic Policy Adviser, Which?

Tony Lewis

Head of Policy, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Ian Andrews

Head, Trading Standards & Commercial Environmental Health, Royal Borough of Greenwich