Food Law Code of Practice

The current Code of Practice for England came into force on 7 April 2015. Details of the main changes are available.

Changes published in 2015

Main changes

The changes to the Code published in April 2015 included:

  • Revised arrangements for food establishment registration and inspection of mobile food establishments, ships and aircrafts.
  • Revised competency and qualification requirement for authorised officers.

Web-based format

The Food Law Code of Practice can be accessed in a web-based format (see below). Authorities are advised to refer to this online version of the Code to ensure they have the most up-to-date guidance.

The Food Law Code of Practice in PDF format can be found towards the end of this page.


If you have any suggestions on how the FSA can improve the functionality of these pages, please email us at We are keen to develop this format to suit your needs. If you have any queries about the content of the Code of Practice, please contact:

Michelle Leung
Code of Practice and Guidance Team
Local Delivery Division
1st floor, Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6NH
tel: 020 7276 8206 email:

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 6 - Enforcement Sanctions and Penalties

Chapter 8 - Sampling and Analysis

Downloadable PDF version of the Code of Practice 2015 and the Practice Guidance 2015