Morning, Tuesday, 4th June 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference examines key issues for the future of food regulation across the UK.
Delegates will assess the ongoing implementation of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Regulating Our Future (ROF) programme - which aims to modernise the regulatory system for food to improve flexibility and the ability to respond to technological change, and cater for an evolving and increasingly diverse sector.
Sessions bring out discussion on:
- Local responsibilities, powers and resources;
- Impact on environmental health professionals, including accreditation;
- Issues for businesses - evidence of compliance, data sharing and online registration;
- Rapid response - surveillance, horizon scanning and traceability; and
- Consumer engagement - confidence in UK food supply chains, composition and safety of food.
Delegates will also look ahead to next steps for implementation in light of updated priorities outlined by the FSA including:
- The scaling up of online food business registration;
- Moving towards a risk-based approach to regulation with the segmenting of food businesses;
- Changing the regulatory relationship between businesses and local authorities through the Primary Authority National Inspection Strategy;
- Examining the future funding model for food regulation; and
- Developing a framework for the statutory food hygiene scheme in England.
Further discussion focuses on the future relationship with food regulation in Europe and beyond, looking at the potential impact of Brexit on food regulatory systems, and the supply chain, as well as the outlook for new markets - the impact of any future trade deals on food standards, and next steps for policy.
It takes place with continuing political and diplomatic developments, including the Government’s draft agreement for withdrawal and preparations for a potential no deal scenario.
We also expect discussion on plans for replacement of risk functions currently undertaken by the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as the FSA has consulted on potential amendments to food and animal feed law.