Audits of Local Authorities
All Local Authorities across the UK are subject to the audit process, with the FSA in England, Wales and Northern Ireland co-ordinating their own audit programme.
Audits of Local Authorities’ food law enforcement services are part of Food Standards Scotland arrangements to improve consumer protection and confidence in relation to food. The enforcement of UK food law relating to food safety, hygiene, composition, labelling and imported food is largely the responsibility of local authorities across the UK.
The current programme of audits focus on the authority’s capacity and capability for delivering official controls. The audit process assess the Local Authority’s arrangements for meeting certain operational criteria, particularly on staffing related issues, registration and approval of food business operators, enforcement actions, interventions, procedures for carrying out official controls and transparency about enforcement activities.
Colour-coded assurance outcome categories were added to the audit process in Scotland to make our assessment easier to interpret. Green and yellow categories are ‘Substantial Assurance’, with robust and well-managed controls, and ‘Reasonable Assurance’, with adequate controls, respectively. Amber and red categories are ‘Limited Assurance’ and ‘Insufficient Assurance’ for weak, and notably weak controls respectively.
Following the audit, Local Authorities are expected to draft an action plan and implement time-bound corrective and preventative action to address any weaknesses identified, and support any necessary improvement.
Capacity and Capability Audit Reports
Capacity and Capability - 790 - Stirling Council
Capacity and Capability - 787 - East Renfrewshire Council
Capacity and Capability - 767 - Scottish Borders Council
Capacity and Capability Audit - Audit Brief and Plan (FSS/ENF/16/014)
Food Standards Scotland Local Authority Audit Programme 2022-2023 (FSS/ENF/22/010)
Capacity and Capability Checklists - Regulation (EU) 2017/625
Article 148 and 10
Sampling Activity Audit
Enforcement Letter - FSS/ENF/19/016
Audit Brief and Plan (FSS/ENF/19/016)
Audit - Sampling Audit - Checklist - Draft September 2019
Sampling Activity Audit Report - FSS/ENF/20/004
Audit of Local Authority implementation of Interventions Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland)
Enforcement Letter - (FSS/ENF/22/011)
Audit Brief and Plan (FSS/ENF/22/011)
Audit of Local Authority implementation of Interventions Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) - Checklist - (FSS/ENF/22/011)
Audit General Documents
Audit of Enforcement Authorities - Audit Charter ( FSS/ENF/18/001)
Independent Scrutiny of the Local Authority Audit Process
Indepedent Scrutiny of the Audit Process Report - May 2019
Audit Operational Documents
Flow Chart - Audit of the Delivery of Official Controls
Local Authority Advice Notes
Internal Monitoring Guidance (Enforcement Letter - FSS/ENF/17/010 - March 2017)
Root Cause Analysis Advice - July 2018
Other Audit programmes
Food Standards Scotland work with other organisations to deliver official controls. These areas of work are also periodically audited.
Audit of the Delivery of Primary Production of Food and Feed Official Controls - Scottish Government: Directorate for Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities: Rural Payments and Inspections Division - Dec 2012 - Closed
Audit of the Delivery of Official Controls for the Sampling of Shellfish - HallMark Meat Hygiene Ltd - June 2014 - Closed
Audit of the Delivery of Official Controls for the Sampling of Shellfish - Operations (Scotland) - June 2014
Email the Audit team at LAaudit@fss.scot for further information.