Codes of Practice

Food Law Code of Practice 2019

Summary

The Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) has been approved by the Minister For Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing and issued to Scottish Local Authorities in accordance with section 40(1) Food Safety Act 1990, as amended.  This Code was last published in 2015 to reflect the creation of Food Standards Scotland (‘FSS’) on 1st April 2015.  This 2019 revision of the Code replaces any previous versions and incorporates changes reflecting the following:

  • The Local Authorities’ Better Regulation obligations under the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice.

  • Food Standards Scotland's Regulatory Strategy.

  • New and modified legislation

  • The introduction of the Scottish National Database

  • The creation of the Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit within FSS to tackle serious and / or complex fraudulent conduct and regulatory non-compliance.

The Interventions Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2019 has been approved by the Minister For Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing and issued to Scottish Local Authorities in accordance with section 40(1) Food Safety Act 1990, as amended. This Code incorporates the following changes:

  • Introduction of the Food Law Rating System. (FLRS).  The FLRS combines the rating systems for Food Hygiene and Food Standards into one Food Law Intervention scheme based upon a new Food Business performance model that will target resources on high to medium risk and non-compliant businesses.

  • Alignment with Food Standards Scotland's Strategy.

  • Alignment to reflect Food Standards Scotland’s Strategy to 2021 and the Scottish Government’s approach to Better Regulation as set out in the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice.

The Interventions Code came into force across Scotland on the 26th June 2019 and supersedes certain sections of the consolidated Food Law Code of Practice 2019 (please see section 1 and Annex 4 of the Interventions Code for further information).  It is part of a wider programme of work within our Regulatory Strategy to review the Food Law Code of Practices.

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