Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum - The future of food regulation


The discussion in detail: 

  • Responding to COVID-19, and its wider impact on the regulatory landscape.
  • Regulatory agility, including:
    • practicalities of moving towards a risk-based approach,
    • the potential role for data such as the FSA’s ‘risk engine’ - segmenting businesses upon registration, with regulatory controls tailored to suit the specific food safety risk presented,
    • what more can be done to scale up online registration and overcome some of the issues faced by business, including producing evidence of compliance, and
    • how technology and data analytics can help meet future challenges and alert regulators to possible areas of concern.
  • The financial sustainability of the regulatory system:
    • next steps for the development of a long term funding model,
    • widening cross-government support,
    • the implications of passing the costs to businesses.
  • Enforcement at a local level, including:
    • development of further Primary Authority National Inspection Strategies - following the initial pathfinder programmes, such as Wakefield Council,
    • ensuring local authorities are able to prioritise their focus on poorly performing businesses, and
    • the COVID-19 response - and lessons that have been learned and can be carried forward, and
    • what more can be done to support local authorities and cater to an evolving and increasingly diverse and innovative sector.
  • Trading relationships and the future of regulation, including:
    • priorities for maintaining UK port health standards and customs checks,
    • the impact of possible regulatory changes on the relationship between the UK and the countries it trades with,
    • opportunities for cross-border collaboration and regulatory cooperation across the UK, and
    • how technology and the use of data can be utilised to meet future challenges and alert regulators to possible areas of concern.