Consultation on Proposed Reforms to the Regulated Products Authorisation Process

Consultation on Proposed Reforms to the Regulated Products Authorisation Process

This consultation aims to gather stakeholders’ views on proposed changes to the authorisation process for regulated products.

Consultation subject

This joint Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) consultation concerns initial proposals for legislative reform to streamline the authorisation process for regulated products. Regulated products are food and feed products which require authorisation before they can be sold. These include food additives, flavourings, novel foods, GMOs as food and feed, food contact materials and feed additives.

The current authorisation process was inherited from the European Union (EU) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) Boards have agreed that significant change will be necessary to achieve a high-quality service that can keep up with the pace of innovation in the food industry. The two proposals contained in this consultation are to:

  1. to remove renewal requirements for feed additives, food or feed containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and smoke flavourings; and,
  2. to allow regulated product authorisations to come into effect on publication, linked to an official register, following a ministerial decision.

Purpose of consultation

This consultation seeks stakeholders’ views on the two initial proposals for legislative reform to streamline the authorisation process for regulated products, outlined above and detailed in the consultation pack.

The FSA and FSS are seeking feedback on the proposals and their assessment of the potential impacts detailed in the consultation pack, and any further evidence you may have on additional impacts that they should consider. This is stakeholders’ opportunity to input to the final advice given to ministers.

The FSA and FSS plan to bring forward further proposals for reform and modernisation of the Regulated Products Service. These proposals are a first step. More information about longer-term reform plans will be presented to the FSA and FSS Boards in June 2024 and, if taken forward, will be subject to separate consultation.

Consultation pack

There is a consultation pack which provides the background information and details you will need to know in order to respond to the questions in this consultation.

How you can respond

Responses to the consultation should be submitted by 5th June 2024 via the online survey(Opens in a new window). If this is not possible, you can email a response to: RPconsultations@food.gov.uk