Audit and monitoring
The Food Standards Agency works closely with local authorities to ensure that adequate measures are in place to realise the Agency’s goal of safe food for all.
As part of this partnership, the Agency audits local authorities’ enforcement services and provides a report that outlines areas where the authority can focus its efforts on improvements, while also celebrating good practice.
Local authorities provide the enforcement data which enables the Agency to fulfill its obligations under article 14 of the Official Control of Foodstuffs Directive 89/397 (OCD) to send to the European Commission annual returns on official food enforcement activities. The Commission uses this information to ensure that foodstuffs are subjected to appropriate food controls across the EU.
The current arrangements for monitoring the enforcement work of local authorities are a result of the Changes to Local Authority Enforcement (CLAE) project that was carried out by the Agency in partnership with local authorities over a number of years.