The Food Standards Agency is a non-Ministerial Government Department led by a Board rather than directly by Ministers. The Board comprises a Chair, Deputy Chair and between eight and twelve ordinary members of whom one is appointed by the Welsh Health Minister, one by the Northern Ireland Health Minister, two by the Scottish Health Minister and the remainder by the Secretary of State for Health.
Board Members are required to act in the public interest and not to represent particular sectors. Collectively they have a wide range of relevant skills and experience.
The Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the FSA, ensuring that it fulfils its legal obligations so that its decisions or actions take proper account of scientific advice, the interests of the consumer and other relevant factors.
Day to day management of the FSA is delegated to officials through the Chief Executive.
The Board oversees the work of the Executive and holds it to account for delivering the decisions of the Board.
The Board holds meetings in public, and publishes Board meeting agendas, papers and decisions. This gives the public an opportunity to see how the Board goes about discussing the FSA's policies and reviewing its work. Video-on-demand recordings of past open Board meetings can also be found on the website. Open meetings are therefore one of the ways in which the FSA demonstrates its commitment to being open, accessible and transparent.
To register for the next Board Meeting please complete the registration form
For other queries or to register for future Board meetings:
Tel: 01772 767730
Fax: 01772 767555