The application of food hygiene legislation to domiciliary care, assisted living and care homes

Guidance for local authority authorised officers on applying food hygiene regulations in domiciliary care, assisted living and care homes, and on registration and inspection requirements.

Applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland

This guidance is for:

  • authorised officers at local food authorities

Legal status:

This guidance is intended to accompany Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and the equivalent the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 in Wales and Northern Ireland and underlying EU legislation in relation to their application to domiciliary care, assisted living and care homes.

About this guidance

The guidance is intended to assist authorised officers in understanding the legal requirements of the hygiene regulations and EU legislation in relation to domiciliary care, assisted living and care homes. However, the nature of the sector means that it is unlikely that every possible situation will be covered.

The guidance applies equally to operations in the public, private or voluntary sectors. It should help to provide clarity in situations where people live, as far as possible, independently but with individual levels of assistance provided to meet their personal needs. Accommodation may be provided to meet the needs of a wide variety of people, eg young adults, people with learning difficulties or mental health issues and the elderly. A characteristic of such accommodation is that people enjoy a degree of independent living and/or live as a family with care workers.