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Applying for approval of a meat or food establishment

Applying for approval of a meat or food establishment by the FSA

How to apply for approval by the Food Standards Agency, approval assessment and right of appeal.

Last updated: 16 May 2022

List of establishments approved by the FSA.

Application for a new establishment

Use our approvals service to apply for approval of your establishment by the FSA. You will need to create an account to use this service.

When we receive your application one of our veterinary officials will contact you within two weeks to arrange a visit to conduct an assessment.

Application for additional activities 

Use our approvals service, if you are already approved as a meat establishment and want to apply for approval of additional activities or species.

Managing your application

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will be able to manage and track it in our approvals applications service.

England and Wales

Advisory visits

If you want to obtain approval for your establishment you may request an advisory visit. Advisory visits aim to help the you identify the welfare and hygiene requirements which may apply to your proposed approval activities. Areas of advice include building structure, equipment and facilities, operational hygiene considerations and HACCP, good practices, record management and standard operating procedures as well as animal welfare.

Advisory visits will be charged at a set fee which is payable before the visit is scheduled to take place. This fee for the financial year 1 April 2022 to March 2023 is £370.80 inclusive of VAT. This fee is strictly non-refundable.

You can request an advisory visit, when you submit your application form using our approvals service.

England and Wales

Important

EU references in FSA guidance documents

The FSA is updating all EU references, to accurately reflect the law now in force, in all new or amended guidance published since the Transition Period ended at the end of 2020. In some circumstances it may not always be practicable for us to have all EU references updated at the point we publish new or amended guidance.

Other than in Northern Ireland, any references to EU Regulations in this guidance should be read as meaning retained EU law. You can access retained EU law via HM Government EU Exit Web Archive. This should be read alongside any EU Exit legislation that was made to ensure retained EU law operates correctly in a UK context. EU Exit legislation is on legislation.gov.uk.

In Northern Ireland, EU law will continue to apply in respect to the majority of food and feed hygiene and safety law, as listed in the Northern Ireland Protocol, and retained EU law will not apply to Northern Ireland in these circumstances.

Approval assessment

As part of the approval process, we will assess:

  • the equipment and infrastructure of your establishment
  • your food safety management system, as part of the approval process.

You are not permitted to operate until a conditional approval has been granted.

After approval, one of our officials will return within three months to assess production and your compliance with all the hygiene requirements in:

Once approved, details of the premises together with information relating to types of foods produced are added to the lists of approved establishments.

Right of appeal

You have a right to appeal our decision if your premises is refused approval under food law.

You can submit an appeal one month from the date when you were notified of the decision.

England and Wales

Operational policy

The Operational policy explains the application and decision-making process involved in giving approval to your businesses. It also explains the circumstances in which we would remove your approval.

This document is for food business operators of existing approved food businesses and potential:

  • slaughterhouses
  • cutting plants
  • game handling establishments
  • wholesale markets

List of approved food establishments