The Food Standards Agency provides help for officers to develop their knowledge through training tools, professional courses and funding for local authority-led work.
Food law, and its enforcement, changes over time. It is essential that enforcement officers keep up to date with these changes.
We work with local authorities to further develop their enforcement services. One area in which we are active is a continuing programme of quality update training for local authority feed and food law authorised officers at a cost that is affordable to local authorities. These courses have been devised for the use of feed and food law enforcement officers currently employed by local authorities only. They are not available for the general public, students or consultants.
Contact points for training enquiries
Please note that not all courses are available UK-wide and you should contact the appropriate department for courses run in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Agency has made available a number of training tools to help enforcement officers with their work. These include an interactive tool on food allergy, videos on food sampling and food hygiene, and online imported food training.
Under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) No. 1169/2011, and the national Food Information Regulation (FIR) 2014, new allergen requirements will be effective from 13 December 2014.
Better Training for Safer Food is a European Commission training initiative covering food and feed law, animal health and welfare and plant health rules. It trains European Union member state and candidate country national authority staff involved in official controls in these areas.
In November 2011 a common approach to professional competency framework for local authority regulators was launched. The Agency contributed to the development and design of the food module and local authority professional officers continue to shape how the framework evolves.