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Business functions

7 main high-level functions, each with 3 or 4 sub-functions, have been identified, building on Defra’s Landscape Review, undertaken in 2002.

Click on a particular function to display a list of bodies that perform that function as part of their day-to-day business.

The functions are ranked core (1) or secondary (2).

Data management

  • Processes
  • Development
  • E-business


  • Payments and grants
  • Fees and charges
  • Scheme approvals


  • Inspection/compliance/surveillance
  • Standard setting
  • Investigation/enforcement
  • Licensing/certification/registration/tracking


  • Field operations
  • Testing services
  • Emergency operations/contingencies


  • Pure scientific research
  • Scientific risk assessment
  • Applied Research

Advice and publicity

  • Policy advice to customers
  • Information and facilitation
  • Campaigns/publicity/promotions/awareness
  • Direct customer handling channels

Corporate systems (in-house)

  • HR
  • Finance and procurement
  • IT

The information contained in this site is correct to the best of our knowledge as of 31 July 2006. If any information is incorrect or needs updating please contact

  Page last modified:18 August 2006
Page published:18 August 2006
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