Framework Agreement

The Framework Agreement on Official Feed and Food Controls by Local Authorities provides the Agency with a mechanism for implementing its powers under the Food Standards Act to influence and oversee local authority enforcement activity.

The Agreement was updated in 2009/10.

The Agreement applies to local enforcement of all feed and food laws, and incorporates the latest guidance and standards on feed and food law enforcement.

The Agreement provides for:

  • Publicly available local service plans to increase transparency of local enforcement services
  • Agreed feed and food law enforcement standards for local authorities
  • Enhanced monitoring data with greater focus on inspection outcomes and which provides more detailed information on local authority performance
  • An audit scheme aimed at securing improvements and sharing good practice.


The fifth amendment to the Framework Agreement was issued in April 2010 and is available at the link below.