Freedom of Information Act 2000 Publication Scheme

The Food Standards Agency, along with every other public authority, has a legal duty under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 to adopt, maintain and keep under review a scheme for the publication of information that is approved by the Information Commissioner and to publish information in accordance with that scheme.

The FSA’s Publication Scheme document

The FSA’s Publication Scheme document shows the range of information available and provides links to the relevant areas of our website. It specifies:

  • the classes of information, such as our priorities, policies and procedures
  • whether information is published on the internet or as a hard copy
  • whether the material is available free of charge or on payment of a fee

Our aim in providing this document is to save you time and effort in locating the information you need.

Copies of the revised document can be downloadable from the website or obtainable in hard copy from:

Food Standards Agency
Openness Team
Room 2C
Aviation House
125 Kingsway
email: [email protected]

Charging for information under the scheme

We will not normally charge a fee to supply copies of information or advice, unless the request is for a priced publication or data set. However, we reserve the right to make a reasonable charge to cover the costs of transcription, photocopying, packaging and postage, or where a considerable amount of staff time would be needed to identify, process and collate information for you. In some cases, there will be separate charging arrangements for the supply of information for commercial use. We will inform you of any charges that might apply before processing your request.

Where the information you want is available in a priced publication, we will give you details of the publication and where you may buy it. If you are not satisfied with the reasons we give, you have the right to complain. You may also complain if you believe the charges we have made to supply information are unfair.

The Information Asset Register (IAR)

As part of the Government's commitment to openness and transparency and in line with our own Code of Practice on Openness, the Food Standards Agency has created a FSA Information Asset Register (IAR). The IAR details government information assets that can be reused under licence. It focuses primarily on unpublished data holdings and thus provides a guide to facilitate ease of access to unpublished information resources held by the FSA. You can access the IAR at the link below.