About the FSA

We are the Food Standards Agency, an independent Government department. It’s our job to use our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. Our work touches everyone in the country. We all eat.

The FSA Strategy and Strategic Plan 2015 -20

The FSA Strategy 2015 -20 reinvigorates our pledge to put consumers first in everything we do, so that food is safe and what it says it is, that we have access to an affordable healthy diet, and can make informed choices about what we eat, now and in the future.

It recognises that there are growing challenges around food safety, affordability, security and sustainability – and makes clear our purpose and responsibilities, and the roles and responsibilities of others, in meeting these.

FSA Board and structure

The FSA is led by a Board that has been appointed to act in the public interest and not to represent particular sectors. Board members have a wide range of relevant skills and experience.

Although the FSA is a government department, it works at 'arm's length' from government because it doesn't report to a specific minister and is free to publish any advice it issues. We are, however, accountable to parliament through health ministers, and to the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland for our activities within their areas.

Our headquarters are in London, but the FSA also has offices in York, Cardiff and Belfast.

How does the FSA make its decisions?

We base our decisions and advice on the best evidence available, including commissioning research and obtaining advice from independent advisory committees. We also aim to ensure that our decision-making process is as open and transparent in as possible.

Whenever possible, we seek the views of interested parties before reaching conclusions, and always explain the reasons for a decision or advice in a straightforward manner.

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