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Consultation on draft guidance to food regulators in conducting their compliance, monitoring and enforcement activities

The Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR) is updating its guidance on compliance, monitoring and enforcement. This updated material will provide guidance to food regulators in conducting their compliance, monitoring and enforcement activities.

The updated guidance will establish expectations for industry stakeholders on the approach taken by food regulators to compliance, monitoring and enforcement. In this context, ISFR sought comments from stakeholders on the draft revised guidance on compliance, monitoring and enforcement.

The updated guidance material is centred on a compliance and enforcement continuum as outlined in the Food Labelling Compliance and Enforcement Strategy Food Regulation - Food labelling compliance and enforcement strategy:
  • Generating compliance
  • Monitoring compliance
  • Responding to non-compliance
Food regulators are undertaking activities in support of all three areas on a continual basis and in an inter-connected manner.

The updated draft guidance outlines the various activities and tools that may be used during each stage of this continuum and provides the rationale and examples.

Written submissions were invited on the following four draft documents, available below in both PDF and Word format:

Food Regulation Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement Strategy (PDF 159 KB)
Food Regulation Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement Strategy (Word 83 KB)

Appendix 1 – Actions for Food Regulators for Generating Compliance (PDF 67 KB)
Appendix 1 – Actions for Food Regulators for Generating Compliance (Word 43 KB)

Appendix 2 – Actions for Food Regulators for Monitoring Compliance (PDF 65 KB)
Appendix 2 – Actions for Food Regulators for Monitoring Compliance (Word 43 KB)

Appendix 3 – Actions for Food Regulators for Responding to Non-Compliance (PDF 191 KB)
Appendix 3 – Actions for Food Regulators for Responding to Non-Compliance (Word 61 KB)

Once finalised the updated guidance material on compliance, monitoring and enforcement will replace the existing Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Enforcement Guideline Food Regulation - Australia New Zealand enforcement guideline.

Ten submissions were received by industry, public health and government stakeholders. The ISFR working group is currently considering comments made in submissions and will prepare revised documents for the consideration of ISFR. It is anticipated that updated guidance material on compliance, monitoring and enforcement will be finalised and published in early 2018.

Submissions closed on 28 July 2017.

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