Local authority officer training

FSA training for local authority food, standards and feed officers.

eLearning

Our suite of interactive and innovative eLearning packages enables officers to update skills in their own time without the hassle of having to travel.
We have developed these courses to makes it easy for you update your knowledge in a range of the latest regulatory and policy areas.

Traceability

This course has been developed by the Food Standards Agency to provide enforcement officers with information on the principles and practice of traceability and how this relates to their role and responsibilities.

Food allergy

An interactive food allergy training tool, developed by the Agency, highlights steps that should be followed to make sure good practice is used in the manufacture and production of food.

Root cause analysis

Provides a general understanding of root cause analysis principles and methodology.

Food labelling training

FSA developed with the Department of Health and Defra, this learning provides a general understanding of current food labelling legislation, as well as information about the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) legislation.

Vacuum packing

Vacuum packing and modified atmosphere packing of food for local authority food law enforcement officers responsible for food hygiene. Enhanced your understanding of the vacuum packing processes and the importance of microbiological safety in their use.

Official feed controls at points of entry

For feed officers to gain the knowledge which will enable them to design, implement and deliver a proportionate, risk-based, systematic programme of official feed controls at any point-of-entry for which they have a responsibility.

Feed hygiene for primary production

For feed officers improving / maintaining competency regarding monitoring feed hygiene at primary production. It provides the officer with details of the legislative requirements, as well as giving practical advice required to complete a monitoring visit.

Cascade materials

We have made materials used in the taught courses from 2016-17 available for download, to help participants deliver cascade training in their organisations:

Cascade Materials

Better Training for Safer Food

The BTSF programme is free training provided by the European Commission. It aims to keep participants up to date on EU law covering food and feed law, animal health and welfare and plant health. The training should help to ensure more harmonised and efficient controls.

The European Commission will fund all travel to and from the training venue (including flights), accommodation, meals and field visits in full. Any other cost will need to be paid by the participants.

For more information and to apply for a place on a course see our Better Training for Safer Food page.

RDNA / GRIP

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The competency framework in the Food Law Code of Practice (England), issued March 2017, will assist officers in identifying training and development needs. The Regulators' Development Needs Analysis (RDNA) tool maps the competency framework in the Code, enabling officers to complete a self-assessment online. For more information see RDNA / GRIP.

Other resources

Guide for evaluating enforcement projects

A guide for food safety officers to evaluate the success of enforcement projects and any innovative approach for implementing food law. The guide includes principles of good evaluation, a checklist, sampling approaches and key considerations for officers when planning to self-evaluate.

FHRS consistency exercises

These exercises, originally presented to local authorities as a national consistency exercise, are based around food business inspection scenarios. They can be used as a team exercise or by individuals to work through and give the businesses a food hygiene rating. They may be especially useful for student and newly qualified officers, or those returning to food safety and hygiene enforcement.

  • Exercise 1 (2015): This exercise, originally presented to local authorities in a national consistency exercise, is based around a food business inspection scenario. It can be used as a team exercise or by individuals to work through and give the business a food hygiene rating. It may be especially useful for student and newly qualified officers, or those returning to food safety and hygiene enforcement​. 
  • Exercise 2 (2016): This is the FSA’s second online consistency exercise for local authorities. It is based around a food business inspection scenario that food law authorised officers will be familiar with and will give officers within food safety teams an opportunity to discuss intervention risk rating together in completing the exercise. 

Making every inspection count

These guides highlight common issues identified during FSA visits and audits and give some simple and practical advice for local authorities.

Contact points for training enquiries

For general LA training enquires please contact:

England: LATraining@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

If you have any technical issues with the traceability, root cause analysis or food labelling course, please contact fsasupport@desq.co.uk. If you have any technical issues with the food allergy or vacuum packing course, please contact fsasupport@bpiagency.com.

Local authority tools

The Food Standards Agency works with enforcement officers to ensure that food and feed law is applied across the entire food chain.

The responsibilities of all the enforcement authorities in the UK are set out in the Multi-Annual National Control Plan for the UK.

The Agency’s interaction with enforcement officers is set out in the Framework Agreement on Local Authority Enforcement. This document gives a structure to the Agency’s supervision of local authority enforcement work.

The Food Law Code of Practice (and the equivalent Feed Law code) sets out the way local authorities should apply food law, and how they should work with food businesses. Practice guidance is also provided as a further help to enforcement officers.

The Agency also provides guidance on specific regulations which are relevant to enforcement officers and food businesses to ensure that the law is clear.

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