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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/charges

  • Payments and grants
  • Fees and charges
  • Scheme approvals

Regulation

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

Operations

  • Field operations
  • Testing services
  • Emergency operations/contingencies

Research

  • 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 dst@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

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