Letters and circulars

Circulars explain aspects of health and social care policy and regulation more fully. Many circulars are quasi-legislative and include a direction or requirement to take specific action. Letters provide key communication between DH and its NHS and social care audiences. Many circulars and letters include guidance on implementation of aspects of health and social care policy. View past letters and circulars

Ensuring an open NHS culture

The Secretary of State for Health has written to chairs of all NHS trusts to remind them of the importance of ensuring an open culture within the NHS. His letter … Read more → – Ensuring an open NHS culture

EU guidance on tolerance and analysis of fibre available

An alert to the publication of EU guidance on methods of analysis for fibre and application of tolerance to nutrition declarations was circulated to interested parties on 15 February 2013. … Read more → – EU guidance on tolerance and analysis of fibre available

Final grant allocations for adults’ personal social services

This letter confirms the final adults’ personal social services (PSS) specific revenue and capital grant funding for local authorities for the periods 2013/14. It also sets out provisional allocations for … Read more → – Final grant allocations for adults’ personal social services

Horsemeat in UK food chain: reminder to NHS commissioned care providers

Providers of NHS commissioned care are being reminded of their responsibility to ensure they have rigorous processes in place with suppliers. Lyn Simpson, Director of NHS Operations, has written to … Read more → – Horsemeat in UK food chain: reminder to NHS commissioned care providers

Update on the EU regulation on provision of food information to consumers

An update on the new EU regulation on provision of food information to consumers (EU FIC) has been circulated to interested parties. The new EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision … Read more → – Update on the EU regulation on provision of food information to consumers

Views sought on front of pack nutrition labelling

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a short consultation in order to seek views on their guidance proposal for front of pack (FoP) nutrition labelling. The guidance is based … Read more → – Views sought on front of pack nutrition labelling

Department recommends product label messages on vitamin D supplements for at risk groups

The department has produced some voluntary statements to apply to vitamin D supplements for at risk groups. The statements have been agreed by the food supplements industry. A significant proportion … Read more → – Department recommends product label messages on vitamin D supplements for at risk groups