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***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss key issues against a backdrop of significant change, with:
- the UK setting its own course for regulation and standards following Brexit
- the sector facing challenges in the wake of COVID-19
- the UK beginning to establish and finalise new international trade deals
- developments in consumer preferences, and opportunities they present for novel foods and other areas of innovation, as well as new approaches being adopted by food and drink businesses
Delegates will assess the implications for UK food safety, standards, and regulation, as well as the outlook for the sector, and priorities for conditions and pressures arising from future trade deals.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions at this conference from Emily Miles, Chief Executive Officer, Food Standards Agency; Helen Munday, President, Institute of Food Science & Technology; Tom Forshaw, Senior Analyst, Policy, AHDB; and Nick von Westenholz, Director, Trade and Business Strategy, NFU, and Member, Trade and Agriculture Commission - as well as contributions from Addleshaw Goddard; Burges Salmon; BSI Group; the Chartered Trading Standards Institute; Fera Science; Tate & Lyle PLC; UK Hospitality; and Which?.
Taking place as the UK agrees a free trade deal with Australia, the conference will also discuss the possible implications of the agreement for food standards in the UK and for future trade agreements. We are delighted to be able to welcome a contribution on food standards priorities and regulation from Professor Mark Booth, Chief Executive Officer, Food Standards Australia New Zealand at this conference.
Delegates will also discuss the key strategic priorities going forward to protect food standards following the Trade and Agriculture Commission’s final report, how the recent trade agreement followed the Commission’s report, and the opportunities for the UK to play a leading role on the global stage.
With the Government setting out its agenda for improving animal welfare in the Queen’s Speech - including a new action plan and developing an Animal Health and Welfare Pathway for the production of healthier animals - delegates will have the opportunity to assess what this raising of standards in domestic policy means for food standards in trade deals and food imports.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- food regulation following exit from the EU - assessing the UK’s approach, and the future for regulatory collaboration and cooperation
- the impact of the pandemic - its effect on the regulatory landscape, and overcoming the challenges posed by COVID-19
- regulatory reform - assessing progress, as well as identifying further areas and options for change
- keeping pace - what more can be done to help local authorities, safety professionals, and the food industry as they adapt in an evolving, and increasingly diverse and innovative environment
- policy and international relationships - the future of food standards in the UK, and the outlook for future trade deals and their impact
- UK-Australia trade deal - assessing the protection of food standards within the agreement and the precedent it sets for future agreements
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament, and officials from DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for International Trade; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Drinking Water Inspectorate; the Food Standards Agency; Food Standards Scotland; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the National Audit Office; the National Food Crime Unit; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Agricultural Industries Confederation; Aldi; Ashbury Labelling; Associated British Foods; Berry Gardens; Beyond GM; Clarke Willmott; Dawn Meats Group; Derbyshire County Council; Elanco Animal Health; Fera Science; Food Safety Authority of Ireland; Futura Foods UK; GLOBALG.A.P.; GM Freeze; Gowling WLG; Hovis; Institute of Food Science & Technology; Klinge Chemicals; Leatherhead Food Research; ML3 Technical Services; Moy Park; North Yorkshire County Council; NSF International; Quadram Institute Bioscience; Red Bull; Richardson Milling UK; Tate & Lyle; Tesco; The Andersons Centre; The Cannabis Trades Association; UK Association of Milk Banks; Unilever; University of Lincoln; University of Reading; University of Sussex; Waters Corporation and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism; H2o Publishing and Unearthed.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from representatives of the agriculture and food and drink industry - including associations, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers - local government officials, trading standards, representatives of the agritech and crop science industries, academics, consultancies and law firms, international attendees, charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference