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.
Table 1: Statutory reviews
Title of measure (links to legislation where appropriate)
Estimated start of the review
Statutory review publication date (set in legislation)