Terms of reference for the UK-wide Food Hygiene Ratings Steering Group

Last updated:
6 February 2012
The terms of reference were first published in April 2009 and most recently revised in October 2012.

To provide advice and guidance on the implementation and operation of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) being rolled out in Scotland, with a view to shared learning and commonality of approach as far as possible.

In particular, to provide advice and guidance to inform the Food Standards Agency’s decisions on, or review and (where appropriate) revision of:

  • the potential to develop a common method for deriving a numerical score from the Food Law Code of Practice for both schemes
  • the guidance for local authorities on all aspects of implementation and operation of the schemes
  • the mechanism for re-inspections/re-visits for the purposes of re-scoring and the conditions that apply
  • the impact of introducing legislation in the different countries to give a statutory basis to the schemes

The Steering Group will also have the opportunity to consider and comment on:

  • FSA proposals for an on-going communication strategy with stakeholders
  • FSA proposals for on-going marketing and promotional activities
  • the results and findings of the evaluation exercise commissioned by the FSA and of FSA monitoring of operation of the schemes
  • further development of the supporting IT platform

The Steering Group will be assisted by one or more working groups which will be established as necessary to consider detailed issues. Such groups will comprise, as appropriate, consumer, industry and enforcement representatives and Agency officials.

The Steering Group will also provide a forum for discussion of issues and trouble-shooting of any problems arising from operation of the FHRS and the FHIS.