Codes of Practice

Last updated:
30 March 2017
Learn more about the responsibilities of all the enforcement authorities in the UK.

Food Law Code of Practice

The Food Law Code of Practice gives statutory guidance to which local authorities must have regard when engaged in the enforcement of food law. Local authorities must follow and implement the relevant provisions of the Code. The Food Standards Agency published a revised Food Law Code of Practice (England) on 30 March 2017, which came into force on that date.

Feed Law Code of Practice

The Code of Practice sets out instructions and criteria to which local authorities - the feed authorities - should have regard when engaged in the enforcement of animal feed law. Feed authorities must follow and implement the provisions of the Code that apply to them.

Food Law Practice Guidance

This revised Practice Guidance is issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to assist competent authorities with the discharge of their statutory duty to enforce relevant food law. It is non-statutory, complements the statutory Code of Practice, and provides general advice on approach to enforcement of the law where its intention might be unclear.

Letters to local authorities

An archive of information and guidance issued to all authorities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland concerning food or feed hygiene/standards issues.

Supporting guidance materials for enforcement officers

In addition to the Code of Practice and Practice Guidance, the FSA regularly issues additional standalone guidance documents to enforcement officers and others on a range of topics. This is often as a result of new regulations coming into force, a development in policy or in response to an incident.