Post implementation review of the Food Safety (Sampling & Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2013

Last updated:
5 February 2018
The Food Standards Agency is carrying out a four-week consultation on a post implementation review (PIR) of Food Safety (Sampling & Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2013. Details of the review are available in a draft PIR report.

About this consultation

The Food Safety (Sampling & Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2013 specify the qualifications required to be a public analyst, food analyst or food examiner for the purposes of the Food Safety Act 1990. They prohibit specified persons from carrying out analyses or examinations. They also specify the procedure to be followed when a sample has been procured under the Act for analysis or examination.

Within the draft report, there are a series of questions that we would welcome responses to:

  • We invite stakeholders to comment on our actual costs of  familiarisation and to provide evidence if they believe that the costs incurred were higher or lower than our estimates in the 2013 impact assessment (Question 1).
  • We invite stakeholders to comment on whether simplification of the Regulations led to benefits for public and private sector laboratories and enforcement officers? Provide evidence to support your comments (Question 2).
  • We invite stakeholder’s views on whether the legislative approach for qualifications requirements of official control analysts adopted by the UK when compared to approaches in other EU Member States has led to costs to businesses? Provide evidence to support your comments (Question 3).

We would welcome comments and supporting evidence on any cost implications that may have arisen from the implementation of these Regulations and any other comments you may wish to make.

All comments and views should be sent to

Bhavna Parmar

Food Standards Agency
Floor 6 and 7
Clive House
70 Petty France
London SW1H 9EX

Responses are requested by: Monday, 5 March 2018

Publication of response summary

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The summary of responses may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.

Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.