FSA Board

The FSA’s Board is chaired by Heather Hancock and has between eight and twelve members. They are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the FSA.
The next open FSA Board meeting will be on

20 June 2018

About the Board

The Board ensures the FSA fulfils its legal obligations so that its decisions or actions take proper account of scientific advice, the interests of consumers and other relevant factors.

The FSA is governed by the Board, rather than directly by ministers, because the FSA is a non-ministerial government department. Day-to-day management of the FSA is delegated to officials through the Chief Executive.

The Board is mainly appointed by the Secretary of State for Health, with one member appointed by the Welsh Health Minister and one by the Northern Ireland Health Minister. Information about how the Board works can be found in the Code of Conduct and Standing Orders documents below.

Board meetings

The Board holds meetings in public, and publishes meeting agendas, papers and decisions. You and other members of the public can attend open meetings to see the Board's discussions about the FSA's policies.

To register for future Board meetings, email fsaboardmeetings@livegroup.co.uk

Video and audio recordings of past meetings can be found in the 'Board meetings' section below.

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Board meetings

Agendas and papers for Board meetings and final copies of the minutes, agreed by the Board. Video and audio recordings of past meetings are also available.

About the Board members

All personal or business interests that may be perceived to influence their judgement should be declared. Such interests include involvement in the agriculture, food and related industries.

Committees of the FSA Board

The Board has appointed an Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and Business Committee to exercise some of its responsibilities and to advise it on others.

Intersessional Papers

Intersessional papers are used for issues that arise during Board meetings - for example, during the Chair's or Chief Executive's reports - that prompt the Board to ask for further information, and for issues that arise between Board meetings that the Board needs to be informed about.