The FSA's commitment to reviewing regulation in England

Regular review of legislation is important to maintain regulatory effectiveness and ensure that we do not place disproportionate burdens on business.

As part of its commitment to reducing regulation, the UK Government introduced a statutory review and sunsetting policy for new regulations introduced in England from April 2011.

Domestic legislation is required to have a Sunset clauses that automatically expires the legislation after a specific time (normally seven years) if action is not taken to extend the legislation. National legislation derived from Europe are required to have statutory review clauses that require the legislation to be reviewed, and a report published, within 5 years of the measure coming into force.

Most food law is European in origin, so FSA-owned legislation in England will normally have just review clauses. UK Government guidance on sunsetting regulations (including statutory review) can be found via the GOV.UK link.
In addition to statutory reviews, the FSA has also committed to a number of non-statutory, post implementation reviews. The two tables below set out the FSA's commitments to statutory reviews and post implementation reviews for English measures.

Statutory reviews

Table 1: Statutory reviews
Title of measure (links to legislation where appropriate) SI number Estimated start of the review Statutory review publication date (set in legislation)
The Specified Products from China (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 2012 No. 47 January 2016 12 January 2017
Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2012 2012 No. 2619 November 2015 20 November 2017
The Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 2013 3 No. 264 April 2016 6 April 2018
The Specified Products from China (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 2013 No. 1683 July 2016 10 July 2018
The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013 2013 No.2196 October 2016 31 October 2018
The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulation 2013 2013 No. 2210 October 2016 31 October 2018
Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 2013 No. 2996 October 2016 31 December 2018
The Official Feed and Food Controls (England) and the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 2014 No. 2748 November 2017 11 November 2019
The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 2014 No. 2885 December 2017 13 December 2019

The Animal Feed (Hygiene, Sampling etc. and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2015

2015 No. 454 April 2018 6 April 2020

The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

2016 No. 868 October 2019 15 October 2021
The Plastic Kitchenware (Conditions on Imports from China) (England) Regulations 2011 2011 No. 1517 July 2019

1 July 2021

Non-statutory post implementation reviews

Table 2: Non-statutory post implementation reviews
Title of measure (links to legislation where appropriate) Estimated start of the review
Requirement for detained meat facilities in low throughput slaughterhouses April 2015
Cleaning and disinfection facilities for livestock vehicles April 2015

 

Completed FSA statutory reviews

Completed statutory reviews are published below, alongside the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) opinions of the FSA review.