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Today, we’re highlighting why our recent work with the FSA means you can rest assured that when it comes to updating your IT systems, any changes to the Food Standards Code of Law have been considered and incorporated accordingly.
Updated Food Standards Code of Practice: a Journey to Intelligence-Driven inspections
Local authorities will already be familiar with the updated Food Law Codes of Practice for England and Northern Ireland, designed to support local authorities to take a more risk-based and intelligence-driven approach to food standards inspections.
The new model will enable local authorities to focus more of their time and resources on food businesses that pose the greatest risk to consumers, with more frequent checks on non-compliant businesses and reducing checks on businesses with high levels of sustained compliance.
This will require local authorities to think differently about their approach and scoring of food standards inspections and also consider the availability of resources to support the new model. One critical element is ensuring that back-end processes to record regulatory data are updated to support the new model.
Understandably, local authorities have concerns over the potential costs, resources and time involved in updating back-end processes to the new model. Due to the strength of our partnerships with local government and the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Idox has been involved with these legislative changes from the very start. Andrew Clothier, Product Specialist for Idox Cloud and Matt Potts, Product Specialist for Uniform, take us through the journey so far and why customers can rest assured that Idox is ahead of the game when it comes to implementation.
The FSA is seeking to be ambitious and innovative in rolling out these changes to make the process more streamlined for everyone involved. Idox is helping bring that innovation to life by collaboratively adapting our solutions and processes accordingly where required.
We have worked closely and been part of a supplier consultation process with the FSA, including regular meetings with our product experts. Our relationship with the FSA and being a core part of the process from the start means that we can dictate the pace of change with our customers, with all customers expected to align with the new legislation within an approximate time frame of one year.