Trade Legislation

Food Regulation

Food Supplements Regulation UK 2003

This Directive establishes the general framework and safety rules for food supplements, including a list of per-mitted vitamins and minerals and their authorised sources substances. It also defines what constitute a food supplement and provides specific labelling requirements

Food Supplements Regulation (England) 2003

Food Supplements Regulation (Scotland) 2003

Food Supplements Regulation (wales) 2003

Food Supplements Regulation (N Ireland) 2003

Food Information Regulations 2014

This Regulation establishes the general principles, requirements and responsibilities governing food infor-mation, in particular food labelling. It applies to any food business operator supplying food to the public or mass caterers as well as ‘business-to-business’ transactions.

Food Safety Act 1990

provides the framework for all food legislation in the England, Wales and Scotland.

The main responsibilities for all food businesses covered by the Act are to ensure that:

  • businesses do not include anything in food, remove anything from food or treat food in any way which means it would be
    damaging to the health of people eating it
  • the food businesses serve or sell is of the nature, substance or quality which consumers would expect
    the food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false or misleading

Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013

The 2013 Regulations lay down strict standards relating to: the control and management of steps critical to food safety. the
cleanliness of premises and equipment. temperature control in food preparation, storage and serving.

Health Claims

Nutrition and Health Claiims Regulation 2007

This Regulation establishes the legal framework for all nutrition and health claims made in commercial communications,
which includes all forms of labelling and promotion material. It also established a list of permitted nutrition claims and authorised/
non-authorised health claims.

Novel Foods Regulation

Novel foods are any food that was not used for human consumption to a significant degree within the United Kingdom (UK)
or the European Union (EU) before 15 May 1997. This means that the foods don’t have a ‘history of consumption’ These
foods need to be authorised prior to being placed on the market in Great Britain. EU Food Law continues to apply in Northern
Ireland, under the current terms of the Protocol on Ireland/ Northern Ireland (Annex II). The novel status of a product in
Northern Ireland is based on the European Commission determination

Register of authorised Novel Foods:

Herbal Medicine

Traditional Herbal Medicine Regulation (THR) (2005)

Herbal medicines for sale in the UK must have obtained a traditional herbal registration ( THR ) before it can be marketed
in the UK.

Register of authorised THR products: