Food Legal Register

The Legislation Update Service provides organisations in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with bespoke food legal registers and is aimed primarily at providing organisations with all of the food related legislation applicable to them, irrespective of which part of the food processing chain applies. The food register is also designed to support organisations to meet all of the compliance requirements within current food safety management systems standards, including ISO 22000.

Subscription to the food legal register provides organisations with the ability to:

  • Identify and determine the food related compliance obligations relevant to their business;
  • Access the relevant legislation and supporting guidance documents;
  • Document how and why the compliance obligations apply to their business;
  • Demonstrate how it keeps up to date with changes in compliance obligations;
  • Record and retain documented information as evidence of compliance evaluation;
  • Record any identified risks and opportunities associated with its compliance obligations;
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of its compliance status.

Our food legal register has a number of product features including:

  • The ability to create bespoke legal registers containing the food legislation relevant to your organisation’s activities;
  • Plain English summaries of all legislation;
  • Legal content updated each month with new and amended legislation, automatically updating your legal register(s);
  • A monthly newsletter, emailed to nominated personnel, containing information on new and amended legislation relevant to your organisation, as well as news, guidance, consultations, case law, prosecutions and product recalls;
  • Multi-site options to structure your legal register(s);
  • The ability to write compliance comments against individual pieces of legislation and upload compliance documents, creating an audit trail for periodic evaluation of compliance;
  • The option to assign compliance actions and schedule reminders to personnel;
  • The ability to add non-statutory compliance obligations to your legal register(s);
  • Helpline support to respond to any legal compliance and / or technical enquiries.

Subscription to the Legislation Update Service also provides you with a monthly newsletter, updating you on all the new and amended food legislation which is relevant to your business.

The newsletter is emailed to all nominated personnel and in addition to informing you of relevant new and amended food legislation, it also contains information on food related news, consultations, case law, prosecutions and product recalls. The newsletter also contains links which will take you directly to the relevant part of your food legal register, making it easy to find and access the information that has been updated.

The newsletters are also stored in the newsletter section of your food legal register, so that they are accessible for review at any time.

You can preview the newsletter here.

The newsletter is also available as a separate subscription service if you wish to be kept informed of changes to food legislation but do not require a legal register.

The food legal register will provide you with the following content:

  • The food legal register itself, for which the structure and content is outlined below;
  • What’s new in your register, providing you with a list of what’s changed in your register on a month by month basis;
  • Food consultations;
  • Your newsletters;
  • How-to-guides.

The food legal register includes Acts, Directives, Orders, Regulations and relevant guidance documents, including Codex, covering England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The content of the legal register is structured under the food chapter headings as outlined below. Also listed are a few examples of the law contained within each chapter.

  • Management (administration, enforcement, etc)
    • Food Standards Act 1999
    • Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004
    • Food (Scotland) Act 2015
  • Hygiene
    • Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
    • The Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006
    • European Communities (Hygiene of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2006
  • Processing and Packaging
    • The Food Irradiation Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009
    • The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2012
    • The Quick-frozen Foodstuffs (England) Regulations 2007
  • Labelling
    • The Food Information Regulations 2014
    • The Nutrition and Health Claims (England) Regulations 2007
    • The Food (Lot Marking) Regulations 1996
  • Additives
    • The Food Additives (Scotland) Regulations 2009
    • The Addition of Vitamins, Minerals and Other Substances (England) Regulations 2007
    • The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulations 2013
  • Contaminants
    • The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013
    • The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008
    • European Communities (Certain Contaminants in Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010
  • Sampling and analysis
    • The Feed (Sampling and Analysis and Specified Undesirable Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2010
    • The Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2013
  • Weights and measures
    • Weights and Measures (Northern Ireland) Order 1981
    • Weights and Measures Act 1985
    • The Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006
  • Import / Export
    • The International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs Regulations 1985
    • European Communities (Official Controls on the Import of Food of Non-Animal Origin) Regulations 2010
  • Animal Rearing
    • Animal Welfare Act 2006
    • The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
    • The Products of Animal Origin (Disease Control) (England) Regulations 2008
  • Standards
    • ISO 22000
    • ISO 22005
    • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
  • Product Specific Legislation
    • The Honey (Scotland) Regulations 2015
    • The Cocoa and Chocolate Products (Wales) Regulations 2003
    • The Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013
    • The Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (England) Regulations 2000



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