Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

The future of food regulation - local regulation and enforcement, food standards and the future of the regulatory system

Morning, Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Central London


This conference will examine key issues for the future of food regulation.

It takes place with the Prime Minister confirming  the Government’s position that the UK would reject any regulatory alignment in future trade talks with the EU.

This conference is bringing together stakeholders with policy officials to consider:

  • Options for future regulatory systems - including discussion about food standards and the impact of future trade deals on the UK’s future regulatory system.
  • Local regulation and enforcement - including what lessons can be learnt from the implementation of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Regulating our Future programme - aimed at creating a more modern, flexible, and responsive regulatory system - and what more can be done to support local authorities and cater to an evolving and increasingly diverse and innovate sector; and


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Heather Hancock, Chair, Food Standards Agency;
  • Michael Bell, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association;
  • Sue Davies, Chief Policy Advisor, Which?;
  • Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive, UKHospitality; and
  • Charles Nancarrow, Director, Trade and Regulation, National Audit Office.

The agenda

  • Analysing the implementation of new regulatory systems and preparing for future trading relationship with the EU and beyond;
  • Ensuring value for money in food safety and standards;
  • Improving food regulation and enforcement at a local level - supporting local authorities, engaging businesses, utilising data to develop inspections, and learning from best practice;
  • Cross border collaboration and regulatory cooperation; and
  • Priorities for the regulatory system - food standards, maintaining an agile approach, and the impact of future trading relationship options.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Defra; the Food Standards Agency; DfID; and the Republic of Ireland Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Keynote Speaker

Heather Hancock

Chair, Food Standards Agency

Keynote Speakers

Sue Davies

Chief Policy Advisor, Which?

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive, UKHospitality

Michael Bell

Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

Charles Nancarrow

Director, Trade and Regulation, National Audit Office

Heather Hancock

Chair, Food Standards Agency


Rt Hon the Lord Whitty

Member, House of Lords Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee


Dr Emily Lydgate

Senior Lecturer, Sussex Law School, University of Sussex