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The Statement of Resources (SoR)

What a statement of resources (SoR) for meat premises is and the guidance to developing an SoR for your establishment.

Last updated: 31 December 2020
Last updated: 31 December 2020

England and Wales 

The statement of resources is a document recording the processing requirements and resources required at the individual premises level.

This includes detail of premises operation hours for official control purposes. Resource requirements are needed in order to comply to the charges regulations.

The SoR should be drafted in collaboration between the individual food business operator (FBO) and our staff. 

There is guidance available  to support you in the process of working with our staff to develop an SoR specific to your establishment.

Statement of resources guidance for England and Wales

Northern Ireland

The statement of resources in Northern Ireland is a document for approved food business operators (FBOs) and official veterinarians (OVs). It helps you understand what resources are required for a pre-determined period of time.

The SoR provides the information necessary to enable FBOs and OVs to agree the level of resource required in a specific establishment. This document is agreed between each FBO and the resident OV on a monthly basis.

There is guidance available for FBOs and OVs in Northern Ireland which explains how to develop and review the SoR.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland



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 circumstance it may not always be practicable for us to have all EU references updated at the point we publish new or amended guidance.

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