The Agency's analytical survey guidelines provide guidance on the procedures required for planning and conducting analytical surveys and reporting their results. They are designed to ensure surveys are as consistent, fair and representative as possible, and comply with the principles of openness and transparency.
The Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRIF) provides independent advice to Ministers as well as the Director of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) and the Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency on matters relating to the surveillance programme for pesticides residue in the UK food supply.
Surveys help to protect and inform consumers by alerting the Food Standards Agency to potential food safety issues. Surveys also help to judge the effectiveness of regulation and inform negotiations with the European Commission, monitor trends and assess risks.