Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Food regulation in the UK - implementing the modernised framework and priorities for international collaboration on trade, science and standards

Morning, Tuesday, 4th June 2019

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


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.

Guest of Honour

Heather Hancock

Chair, Food Standards Agency

Guest of Honour

Heather Hancock

Chair, Food Standards Agency

Keynote Speakers

Keith Smyton

Head of Food Division, Welsh Government

Geoff Ogle

Chief Executive, Food Standards Scotland


Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Dr David Drew MP

Shadow Minister, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Jim Cathcart

Policy Director, UKHospitality

Dr Camilla Alexander-White

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

Katrina Walsh

Policy Manager, The International Meat Trade Association

Tony Lewis

Associate Professor, Royal Agriculture University

Ian Andrews

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

Susan MacDonald

Science Lead, Mycotoxins and Natural Toxins, Fera Science

Professor Fiona Smith

Professor of International Economic Law and Associate Director, Global Food and Environment Institute, University of Leeds

Dr Chris Kebbell

Agriculture Counsellor, New Zealand High Commission London

Dominic Watkins

Partner, Head of Food Group and Head of Regulatory, London, DWF