The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been made a supporting regulator in the Primary Authority Scheme. The scheme offers businesses, or group of businesses, the opportunity to form a partnership with one local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other councils to take into account when regulating the business locally.
The role of “supporting regulator” has been introduced by the scheme from October 2017. The new role will provide regulatory bodies, including the FSA, with the opportunity to take a more structured role in assisting primary authorities who request help in developing advice and guidance. It will also help them in managing inspection plans for the businesses and co-ordinators they work with.
Nina Purcell, Director of Regulatory Delivery at the FSA, said: “We are already actively involved with the Primary Authority Scheme, but these changes will have an impact across the FSA. For this reason, we will be asking the FSA Board to decide at their meeting in December how, as a modern accountable regulator, we can best deliver our new supporting regulator role.
“Following the Board meeting we will publish a statement on the Agency’s website setting out the support we will initially make available to primary authorities and their partner businesses. Until then there will be no change in the current level of support offered to partnerships by the Agency.”
The Primary Authority Scheme is administered through the Enterprise Act by Regulatory Delivery, part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.