Working in Partnership

In our efforts to achieve improvements in food safety and standards, the CIEH works with a wide range of organisations. Working groups may be convened on an occasional basis around a particular topic, or may be established to meet on a regular basis.

A number of groups in which the CIEH is involved are listed below with, where available, links to further information.

Food Standards Agency (FSA) working groups

Local Government Association Groups

Environmental Health Policy Forum 

The Environmental Health Policy Forum acts as an advisory body to the LGA. It proposes future strategy and assists in identifying priorities in environmental health policy matters, including enforcement. It contributes to the LGA business plan and provides a means of focusing the LGA on key environmental health policy issues for local authorities.

Food Hygiene Focus Group 

The Food Hygiene Focus Group provides technical and operational policy support to the Regulatory Lead at the Local Government Association by helping co-ordinate enforcement and good practice and providing specialist and expert advice.

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) groups

London Food Board 

The London Food Board is an advisory group of independent food policy organisations and experts which leads the debate on sustainable food issues in the capital. Among other things the CIEH has worked with Board to produce a Takeaways Toolkit which contains tools, interventions and case studies to help local authorities develop a response to the health impacts of fast food takeaways.


Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture, and promote equity. It represents over 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.


Which? is a consumer organisation that exists to tackle the issues that matter to all consumers. The CIEH has worked in partnership with Which? on policies related to Food Hygiene Rating Schemes. 

European groups

Food Law Enforcement Practitioners  

The FLEP forum is an informal grouping of European food law enforcement practitioners. The aims include acquaintance, exchange of information and co-operation between European colleagues to develop confidence and trust in the resolution of practical control problems. It is supported by the Heads of the Food Safety Authorities of the EU Member States. The CIEH provides the secretariat to the group.

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