Our core values inform all our decisions. Our working practices are governed by a series of policies and commitments. This section gives more information about those values, policies and commitments, and how we report on them.
The Agency’s Board is currently chaired by Tim Bennett and has between eight and twelve members. The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the FSA, ensuring that it fulfils its legal obligations so that its decisions or actions take proper account of scientific advice, the interests of consumers and other relevant factors.
The Food Standards Agency has a statutory objective to protect public health and consumers' other interests in relation to food and drink. However, we are aware that excessive or unclear regulations can place a burden on business, the public sector and civil society groups (such voluntary groups, charities and not for profit organisations) and so hinder effective delivery of the intended benefits.