Focus on Enforcement - opportunity for small businesses in food manufacturing
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‘Focus on Enforcement’ - opportunity for small businesses in
food manufacturing to have their say on the way regulations are enforced
01 May 2012 - BIS
The first review theme for
the Government’s Focus on Enforcement campaign is now up and running.
For the next five weeks, the Government will be focusing on enforcement
that affects small businesses in food manufacturing; and inviting
companies to feed back their experiences of working with national
regulators and local authorities.
Business and Enterprise Minister
Mark Prisk said:
“Focus on Enforcement gives
small businesses in food manufacturing the chance to make a real
difference to the way regulators visit, inspect and advise and enforce
“I want all small businesses involved in food manufacture, and those
that advise and assist them, to visit the site and tell us their views.”
Focus on Enforcement also gives businesses in other sectors the chance
to make a real difference to the way regulators do their work in their
area. If you are in a different business sector and would like to
suggest we look at how enforcement in your area of business could be
improved, please go to the website and make a suggestion.
The best suggestions for
areas needing examination will guide Ministers in prioritising a series
of reviews to identify the source of the problem and propose action.
Melanie Leech, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation said:
“I welcome this review. Effective regulation is vital for consumers to
have confidence in our food and drink. But our smaller members
consistently tell us that Government action to reduce the burden of
regulation not only by making necessary regulation smarter but through
a better enforcement and inspection regime could make a real difference
to their ability to compete."
1. The Small Business in Food Manufacturing theme is now live
on the Focus on Enforcement website and can be found at: http://discuss.bis.gov.uk/focusonenforcement.
The site gives businesses the opportunity to suggest areas for review
of compliance and enforcement arrangements, and to provide evidence on
areas ‘in focus’. Reviews covering chemicals manufacturing and
volunteer events will follow in May.
2. Small business in food manufacturing was chosen for review
because it was raised as a priority during the Government’s
consultation on enforcement launched in June 2011. The sorts of small
food manufacturers who might like to comment could include – but are
not limited to - bakers, cheese-makers, and beer and cider producers.
3. The focus of these reviews is on the way regulation is
delivered – whether through inspections, advice, enforcement – not
about the regulations themselves. A separate initiative – Red Tape
Challenge – invites the public, business and the voluntary and
community sector to give their views, comments and ideas on what
regulations should stay, be improved, or be scrapped altogether
4. The Focus on Enforcement website, for the first time,
provides details on national regulators, their remits and regulatory
budgets and staff resource in one place and information is also
provided on regulatory functions undertaken by local authorities. (A
large number of organisations play a part in securing compliance with
the law. They include national regulators, local authorities, and
bodies independent of Government, some of which have statutory
regulatory functions. The list on the website is not exhaustive and
details will continue to be added and updated).
5. The scope of the review will cover:
- Regulatory activity by national regulators and local
authorities that affects or is perceived to affect the day-to-day
running of businesses that manufacture food and drink for supply to the
public through retail outlets including farm shops, markets and
on-line, that employ less than 50 employees
However, the scope will exclude:
- Primary food production (e.g. farming, aquaculture);
- Meat processing where the product is not for immediate sale
to the public;
- Catering / food preparation (such as restaurants or
‘Regulatory activity’ in this context includes action taken by
national regulators or officers of local authorities, including but not
- provision of advice on compliance with the law;
- inspections of locations or equipment in order to satisfy
regulatory authorities of compliance with the law;
- requirements to make formal applications, or provide
information, in order to obtain necessary permits to engage in food
- requirements to attend courses / obtain particular
- enforcement proceedings taken against individuals or
organisations in the event of failure to comply with regulations (we
cannot consider comments on specific cases unless all proceedings have
finished – but we can consider general evidence in relation to
6. The review will also be interested to learn about examples
of effective, tailored and easy to understand guidance and advice for
businesses, and good regulatory delivery that is risk-based, focused on
achieving compliance and supporting business growth.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-05-03 14:08:33 in Business Articles