Welsh language policy

The FSA's Welsh Language Scheme describes which services we provide in Welsh and how and when these services will be provided. Our policy reflects the requirements of the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Welsh Language Measure 2011.

In October 2007, the FSA established an in-house Welsh Language Unit to oversee the implementation of the Scheme and the provision of bilingual services in Wales.

See below the Agency's current Welsh Language Scheme. The Scheme has been extended beyond 2012 and will remain in place until the new Welsh Language Standards are implemented. More information on standards can be found on the Welsh Language Commissioner's website.

The Welsh Language Commissioner announced on 27 January 2014 that a standards investigation in relation to the Food Standards Agency will be carried out as part of Round 3 of the standards investigation programme.

This standards investigation is planned for May 2015, with a standards report drawn up for the attention of Welsh Ministers by November 2015. A standards report is a document that outlines the Commissioner’s conclusions, and the Commissioner’s reasons for coming to those conclusions.

Welsh Ministers will be expected to give due attention to the Commissioner’s conclusions in deciding whether to exercise the powers given to them (making and introducing regulations), and how to do so. A date for laying regulations before the National Assembly for Wales for Round 3 has not been confirmed yet.

Once regulations come into force, it will authorise the Commissioner to issue a compliance notice to the organisation. A compliance notice is a notice that sets out the standards with which an organisation will be required to comply, along with the days (imposition days) from which they will be required to comply.