New and emerging policy and regulation

Updates on developing policy.

New and emerging policy and regulation

We are responsible for developing food and feed safety, labelling, composition and standards policy in Scotland. The regulatory context we work in has changed now that the UK has left the European Union. Along with the Scottish Government we have developed provisional frameworks with UK Government departments, with a view to agreeing changes to retained EU law in future. 

Given that EU law continues to apply in Northern Ireland, and given the 4-country nature of these framework arrangements, we will be keeping track of EU policy developments, for example by monitoring discussions taking place at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.

We also work with the Scottish Government and other UK departments to ensure Scottish interests are represented in international discussions on food and feed law and standards, including Codex.

New legislation and technical amendments can progress quickly, and it is important that stakeholders in Scotland are kept informed on the latest changes and have an opportunity to input their views. Our enhanced risk analysis process will also offer stakeholders a chance to contribute to the development of new food and feed controls.


Engagement and consultation with stakeholders is a key part of the policy development process. All of our consultations are published on Citizen Space, where you can also view closed consultations.

Open consultations

Type Title Launch Date Closing Date Access Link

Consultation on applications for eight genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food and feed uses and for the change of authorisation holder for fifty-one authorised GMOs

12 October 2022 6 December 2022 Citizen Space


Consultation summaries have been published for two regulated product consultations - 1 June 2022

The first concerned six applications for the authorisation of novel foods and received no responses. View the summary here. The second consultation related to five of these novel food applications, and included revisions which did not affect the safety assessment of the products. This consultation also invited feedback on the transfer of authorisation holder for five smoke flavourings and received four responses. View the summary here.

The Genetically Modified Food and Feed (Authorisations) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 have come into force - 1 June 2022

The Regulations came into force on 31 May 2022 and authorise nine genetically modified organisms (GMOs) - five new and four renewal authorisations - for food and feed use in Scotland. Separate legislation came into force in England and Wales on 20 May 2022. The GMOs are already authorised for use in the European Union (EU). Due to the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP), EU legislation continues to apply in Northern Ireland. Updated GMO authorisations can be found on the GM Register.

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We regularly consult with stakeholders and consumers to develop policy that will ensure food and feed in Scotland continues to be safe, and help consumers make informed decisions about the food they eat.


EU Exit

Requirements for businesses now that the transition period has ended.


EU Exit - Food and Drink Exports

Trade rules for food and drink businesses in Scotland


EU Exit - Health and Identification Marks

Guidance for food businesses in Scotland producing products of animal origin (POAO).