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Implementation of RASFF System in the United Kingdom. Elizabeth McNulty Head of Incidents Branch Food Standards Agency. Scope of presentation. How the RASFF System is Implemented in the UK Explanation of Internal Procedures. RASFF implementation in the UK. The role of the FSA:

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implementation of rasff system in the united kingdom
Implementation of RASFF System in the United Kingdom

Elizabeth McNulty

Head of Incidents Branch

Food Standards Agency

scope of presentation
Scope of presentation
  • How the RASFF System is Implemented in the UK
  • Explanation of Internal Procedures
rasff implementation in the uk
RASFF implementation in the UK

The role of the FSA:

  • To ensure that consumers’ interests with regard to food safety and standards are protected.
the role of the incidents branch
The Role of the Incidents Branch
  • First contact point for reported incidents

24/7 response capability

  • Team leader: Designated UK national RASFF

contact point

  • Team Members: Authorised RASFF contact

points

  • Authorisation of RASFF notification

submitted through TRACES relating to POAO

the role of the incidents branch5
The Role of the Incidents Branch
  • To investigate all reported incidents and ensure appropriate action is taken.
  • Maintains official audit trail using dedicated Incidents Database.
  • Custodians of incident procedures -Incident Response Protocol, Incident Reviews
  • Training & Exercises
internal procedures
Internal Procedures
  • All RASFF information comes directly to the NCP/CPs in the Incident Response Branch
  • The exception; Border Rejection Notifications -sent directly to authorised BIP contacts.
  • All information flow is controlled by the NCP/CPS
uk counties
UK Counties
  • Divided into Counties
  • Further divided into Local Authorities.
  • 465 Local Authorities in UK
  • Responsible for enforcing food law.
obtaining information
Obtaining information
  • NCP/CPs contact enforcement authority responsible for FBO named in RASFF
  • NCP/CPs forwards all the relevant information from the RASFF notification
  • NPC/CPc requests specific information/actions from the enforcement authorities
feedback of information
Feedback of Information
  • Enforcement officers pass requested information back to NCP/CPs
  • NCP/CPs complete RASFF template
  • Draft passed to Policy lead for check
  • Draft cleared by NCP/CPs and sent to EC
border rejection notifications
Border rejection notifications
  • BIPs routinely sample incoming food/feed consignments originating from outside EU to ensure compliance with legislation
  • Adverse results are notified to Incidents Branch via draft RASFF notification
  • Draft passed to Policy Lead
  • Draft cleared by NCP/CPs and sent to EC
useful information
Useful information

http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2011/may/report

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Thank you for your attention

Liz McNulty

Head of Incident Response

Food Standards Agency

liz.mcnulty@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk