Our response during non-routine food-related incidents
The Incident Management Plan (IMP), which can be found the link below, outlines our plans and procedures for meeting our responsibilities in response to non-routine food-related incidents.
The IMP has been approved by the FSA Board and is an organic framework for collaboration. This means it will be regularly updated as a result of lessons learned from incidents and investigations, discussions with internal and external partners. The plan will continue to be tested through the FSA exercise programme and will evolve as a part of the exercise learning process.
In Wales and Northern Ireland
Since the Board met in June 2014, further discussions have taken place across the devolved administrations to ascertain how the plan can reflect their individual requirements. The IMP is being updated to include an annex on working across the devolved administrations and a revised version, incorporating these discussions, will be published by the end of October 2014.
Testing the plan
Exercise Prometheus is part of the FSA’s exercise programme to test its Incident Management Plan and incident response capability and in doing so test its ability to deliver its role in protecting consumers during a food and/or feed incident.
The exercise tested the FSA’s preparedness to manage a major UK-wide incident including engagement with government departments and agencies, trading standards and environmental health bodies and key industry and consumer stakeholders. The exercise included a COBR officials meeting, an equivalent SAGE meeting and a simulated press conference. This was the first time an exercise has tested plans for a major food and public health-related incident that requires cross-departmental coordination due to the nature and scale of the potential impacts.
The report on Exercise Prometheus includes 22 recommendations. In response to these, an action plan has been agreed by the FSA Executive Management Team and work continues to progress this. For further information, you can email email@example.com
Revisions January 2016
The main revisions relate to a the change from a three tier to a two tier command and control incident response structure and the expansion of the communications strategies section.