Freedom of Information Act 2000 Publication Scheme
Wednesday 30 March 2011
The Agency's publication scheme document shows the range of information available and provides links to the relevant areas of our website. Our aim in providing this document is to save you time and effort in locating the information you need.
From 1 January 2009, all public authorities are required to adopt the new model publication scheme developed by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The ICO produced a series of sector-specific definition documents and guidance to assist public authorities with this. The Food Standards Agency has signed up to the model publication scheme. Our core value of openness means that we already publish a large quantity of information. However, for some areas of our work, the new model scheme has involved revising and extending the range of material which we publish.
The FSA’s Publication Scheme document specifies:
- the classes of information which we publish or intend to publish
- the manner in which information in each class is, or is intended to be, published
- whether the material is, or is intended to be, available free of charge or on payment of a fee
We have updated the Agency's publication scheme document, which categorises the information available and provide links to the relevant areas of our web site or details of how to obtain it. The overall benefit to our stakeholders and others is saving time and effort in searching and securing relevant Agency information.
Copies of the revised document can be downloadable from the website or obtainable in hard copy from:
Food Standards Agency
Information Management Services
Tel: 020 7276 8181
Fax: 020 7276 8069
We will not normally charge a fee to supply copies of information or advice, unless the request is for a priced publication or data set. However, we reserve the right to make a reasonable charge to cover the costs of transcription, photocopying, packaging and postage, or where a considerable amount of staff time would be needed to identify, process and collate information for you. In some cases, there will be separate charging arrangements for the supply of information for commercial use. We will inform you of any charges that might apply before processing your request.
Where the information you want is available in a priced publication, we will give you details of the publication and where you may buy it. If you are not satisfied with the reasons we give, you have the right to complain. You may also complain if you believe the charges we have made to supply information are unfair.
As part of the Government's commitment to openness and in line with our own Code of Practice on Openness, the Food Standards Agency has created a FSA Information Asset Register (IAR). The IAR details Government information assets that can be reused under licence. It focuses primarily on unpublished data holdings and thus provides a guide to facilitate ease of access to unpublished information resources held by the FSA.
The inforoute search engine is the gateway to information held by UK Government bodies for anyone with web access. It provides direct access to the Government's IAR which identifies;
- what information the government holds;
- how useful that information is; and
- importantly, a contact point to whom requests for the underlying information may be made (requests would be subject to the Open Government Code and, in future, the FOI Act).
Further information on the IAR is available on the OPSI website.
Material on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.
The Agency authorises you to make one free copy, by downloading to printer or to electronic, magnetic or optical storage media, of any items featured in our publication scheme for the purposes of private research, study and / or reference. If you wish to re-use or reproduce any of our publications for any other use, for example commercially or for circulation for education or other purposes, you will in most cases need to apply for a copyright licence to do this.
The permission to reproduce Crown copyright protected material does not extend to any documents or material on this site belonging to or shared with another copyright holder. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned. We will, if possible, give you their contact details or a hyper-link to their website to assist you in accessing the document or material.
The copying and use of the FSA logo and other FSA-related logos is not permitted without prior approval of the FSA. For logo related queries please email the Webmaster.
Further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing arrangements can be found on the OPSI website or by contacting OPSI at:
OPSI Licensing Division
St. Clements House
tel: 01603 621000