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.
As a non-ministerial government department, the FSA is governed by the Board, rather than directly by ministers. Day-to-day management of the FSA is delegated to officials through the Chief Executive.
The Board is mainly appointed by the Secretary of State for Health, with one member appointed by the Welsh Health Minister, one by the Northern Ireland Health Minister, and two by the Scottish Health Minister.
More information about how the Board works can be found in the Code of Conduct and Standing Orders documents attached below.
The Board holds meetings in public, and publishes Board meeting agendas, papers and decisions. Members of the public can attend open meetings to see the Board's discussions about the FSA's policies. Video-on-demand recordings of past Board meetings are also available in the 'Board meetings' section below.
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Agendas and papers for Board meetings and final copies of the minutes, agreed by the Board.
Dates and agenda items for future meetings. All entries in this programme are provisional. Items may be moved to other dates or removed entirely depending on circumstances. Further items will be added from month to month.
All personal or business interests that may be perceived to influence their judgement should be declared. Such interests include involvement in the agriculture, food and related industries.
The Board has appointed an Audit, Risk and Succession and Development Committee to exercise some of its responsibilities and to advise it on others.
Intersessional papers are used for issues that arise during Board meetings - for example, during the Chair’s or Chief Executive’s reports - that prompt the Board to ask for further information, and for issues that arise between Board meetings that the Board needs to be informed about.