Concordat between MAFF and the Cabinet of the National
Assembly for Wales
1. This Concordat establishes for all matters relating to the National Assembly for Wales' responsibilities for agriculture, fisheries and food, an agreed framework for co-operation between the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales as envisaged in the White Paper "A Voice for Wales" (paragraph 3.40). It operates in accordance with the principles outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and supplementary agreements between the UK Government, Scottish Ministers and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales and is consistent with, and complemented by, other guidance on common working arrangements.
2. The Concordat sets out general provisions including those in relation to domestic and European Union policy. Co-operation on the latter is guided by the agreed overarching Concordat on Co-ordination of European Union Policy Issues. Key principles in other areas are also covered, including the operation of the State Veterinary Service. Where more detailed operational arrangements are necessary additional subject-specific concordats may be made by mutual agreement between Heads of Divisions and Groups in MAFF and corresponding officials in the National Assembly for Wales. Provisions in subject-specific concordats must take account of all relevant parts of the main Concordat and may not contain anything at variance with the main Concordat.
3. This Concordat is not intended to constitute a legally enforceable contract or to create any rights or obligations which are legally enforceable. It is intended to be binding in honour only.
4. Both parties affirm their mutual commitment to work together on the application of agricultural, fisheries and food policy within their respective responsibilities. Similarly, they will, as necessary, liaise closely concerning non-devolved matters, especially where any issues could impact on devolved areas. This co-operation is intended to give both parties the assurance that working relationships will be conducted in an agreed and helpful manner, aiming where possible and appropriate to achieve agreement on policy. Arrangements for keeping in touch and for bilateral consultation are covered in the MOU at paragraph 4 onwards. In addition, both parties agree that regular contact will continue, to discuss ongoing business of mutual interest, through meetings at Ministerial and official level.
5. To help this process, the senior agriculture officials in MAFF, and the Director of Agriculture of the National Assembly for Wales, will aim to meet monthly (or as appropriate) to discuss matters of mutual interest and co-ordinate any necessary joint action. The Assembly Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will aim to meet bi-monthly or as appropriate for the same purposes. Similarly, for fisheries there will be regular meetings between the Assembly Secretary and the Fisheries Minister.
6. There is no intention to constrain either the National Assembly for Wales' right to operate or to legislate as it sees fit in relation to devolved matters in Wales, or to constrain MAFF in any areas of non-devolved competence.
7. Good communication in both directions and the avoidance of surprises for either party will form the basis of this co-operation. To this end:
- both parties shall keep each other fully informed of any new policy proposals before they are made public (normally at least one month). "Policy proposals" includes proposals for both primary and secondary legislation and for major non-statutory measures. Where pressure of events prevents this, each party will inform the other as soon as possible. Each party will also apprise the other of the ongoing development of such proposals.
- both parties will consult each other on any proposals to change what is currently UK/GB legislation in good time before they are made public (normally at least one month). Where pressure of events prevents this, each party will inform the other as soon as possible;
- both parties agree to maintain the confidentiality of discussions and of any information received from the other (MOU paragraph 11 refers); and both parties must agree before confidential information received from one by the other is disclosed to a third party;
- to ensure that the interests of consumers, producers and other interested parties are protected in Wales and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, both parties agree on the importance of immediately informing the other of any relevant information which would require action by, or have resource consequences for, the other party;
- both parties also agree to provide each other with briefing relating to their respective interests, wherever possible within any deadlines set.
8. Both parties acknowledge that in some areas there may be a need for their separate responsibilities to be tackled with a consistency of purpose. Each party shall consider promptly and thoroughly the concerns raised by the other. Where both agree that consistency is needed, consultation on a common approach shall be undertaken.
9. Both parties agree to work together constructively for common interests, taking into account the range of devolved and non-devolved functions involved in the formulation, negotiation, implementation and enforcement of EU-related policies and rules. This section of the concordat is consistent with and amplifies the overarching Concordat on Co-ordination of European Union Policy Issues. The latter provides the framework for all relevant aspects, including representation in Brussels, attendance at Council of Ministers and related meetings, links with European Institutions, scrutiny of EU legislation, implementation of EU obligations, and arrangements for handling infraction proceedings.
10. Relations with the EU are the responsibility of the UK Government. MAFF consequently retains overall policy responsibility for the formulation of UK policy towards EU initiatives, but will seek to involve the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales as directly and fully as possible in decision making on EU matters which touch on devolved areas and non-devolved areas which have a distinctive impact and are of importance in Wales.
11. These arrangements will rely for their effectiveness on mutual respect for the confidentiality of discussions and information (including statistics) exchanged.
Provision of information and policy formulation
12. The Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will be fully involved in discussions with MAFF about the formulation of the UK policy position on all issues which touch on devolved matters. In order to contribute effectively to the UK's decision making on EU matters, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will need to have information on relevant EU proposals. MAFF will therefore provide the National Assembly for Wales with full and comprehensive information, as early as possible, on all new developments and initiatives within the framework of the EU which may be relevant to the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales, including notification of relevant meetings within the EU. MAFF will also provide the National Assembly for Wales with information on any direct contacts from any other Member States or third countries which concern the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales' responsibilities.
13. The Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales would not normally expect to receive direct approaches from EU bodies relating to new policy initiatives. Should it do so, it will inform MAFF as soon as possible of such approaches and will pass on to MAFF its views in good time for them to be taken into account. Equally, it will provide information on any direct contacts with other Member States or third countries.
14. The sharing of information relating to policy formulation will be undertaken with a view to reaching agreement between the administrations. Most issues will be capable of being dealt with bilaterally between the parties or through correspondence.
15. Following consultation and in collaboration with the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales, MAFF shall notify the Commission (via UKRep) of any matters where requirements to pass on information are laid on the Member State or its competent authority, e.g. State Aids and information requirements in sectoral regulations. The Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will make relevant information available to MAFF as is necessary for it to meet its obligations. In the following areas, however, and following consultation with MAFF, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will normally notify such information direct to the Commission (via UKRep):
i Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances (HLCAs) and superseding Tir Mynydd/Hill Farm Allowances returns;
ii Information on the financial structure and incomes of farm businesses in Wales (Farm Accountancy Data Network);
iii Data relating to the implementation of Rural Development Programmes under the Rural Development Regulation; and
iv Notifications under the Technical Standards Directive.
This is however subject to any requirement by the Commission for financial or monitoring data to be submitted at UK level. In such a case the information for such returns, so far as relating to Wales, will need to be submitted to MAFF to co-ordinate a return for the UK. Unless agreed to the contrary, this arrangement relates to both current and successor instruments. In every case, the party notifying the Commission will send a copy to the other.
EU Negotiations and Attendance at Council of Ministers and Related Meetings
16. These principles apply to the Council of Ministers (in full or restricted session), SCA, COREPER, Working Groups, Management Committees, representation to the European Parliament and any ad hoc meetings, including those with other Member States.
17. MAFF retains overall responsibility in the agriculture, fisheries and food areas for the pursuit of UK policy in multilateral and bilateral negotiations and in formulating a UK response.
18. As stated in the White Paper "A Voice for Wales", Assembly Secretaries and officials of the National Assembly for Wales have the right to attend relevant meetings chaired by the Commission and relevant Council meetings, and other negotiating meetings with EU partners. The role of Assembly Secretaries and officials from the National Assembly for Wales will be to support and advance the single UK negotiating line which they will have played a part in developing. The emphasis in negotiations has to be on working as a UK team. MAFF will determine how each member of the team can best contribute to securing the agreed policy decision.
19. MAFF will inform the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales as quickly as possible when meetings referred to in paragraph 16 above, of relevance to the UK's negotiating position are to take place. MAFF will also copy to the National Assembly for Wales the records of all such meetings as soon as they are produced. MAFF will take account of the views of the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales at all stages in the negotiating process. The relevant Assembly Secretary will write to the MAFF Minister in advance regarding attendance at forthcoming Council meetings.
20. In appropriate cases, the leader of the delegation could agree to Assembly Secretaries speaking for the UK in Council, and that they would do so with the full weight of the UK behind them, because the policy decisions advanced will have been agreed among the UK interests. The same approach will apply in official-level meetings chaired by the Council or Commission.
21. Briefing prepared by MAFF for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) must be cleared by policy Divisions with NAWAD. NAWAD will use the mutually agreed line in any direct communications they may have with MEPs. Any additional MEP briefing produced by NAWAD must be cleared in draft by MAFF.
Implementation of European Obligations
22. It will be the responsibility of MAFF formally to notify the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales at official level of any new EU obligation which the National Assembly for Wales will be competent to implement in Wales. In addition MAFF will, as necessary, liaise closely with the National Assembly for Wales about the implementation by UK legislation of obligations which the Assembly would not be competent to implement, particularly where these could impact on devolved areas. Both parties will identify to the other any mistake which they find, or difficulty arising from the text of the EC legislation. Following consultation and in collaboration with the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales, MAFF will notify any such mistakes to the Commission, via UKRep, copying relevant papers to the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales.
23. To ensure that consistency of purpose is maintained, as appropriate, and for the avoidance of surprises to either party, both parties agree to co-operate in the following ways:
- within four weeks of the notification of a requirement to implement an EU obligation - or sooner if the EU timetable demands - they will consult on the timetable for implementation including the date it is proposed to have any formal instructions sent to lawyers;
- the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will let MAFF know within the four-week period whether it intends to use the option to implement through use of UK/GB instruments. Where this option is used, or where it has been agreed that the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will use MAFF draft legislation to draw up secondary legislation in Wales, MAFF will endeavour to ensure that the draft legislation is forwarded to the National Assembly for Wales in sufficient time to allow necessary procedures, including consultation and translation into Welsh, to be completed by the implementation deadline. To facilitate this, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales should advise MAFF of the date by which they need a text of legislation in order to meet the implementation deadline.
In the case of both joint and separate instruments, both parties agree to consult each other on the drafts as necessary throughout the drafting process
24. When it is decided that separate legislation will apply in each territory to implement an EU obligation:
- Both parties agree to consult on draft instructions for lawyers in advance of finalising them, with a view to allowing the other at least five working days for making comments;
- Both parties will exchange copies of draft Statutory Instruments at least five working days before the date on which they are expected to be finalised in draft form. Any changes as a result of examination of the text by senior lawyers will be communicated by each party to the other for consultation;
- The Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will consult MAFF (and other Departments as necessary) on its proposals with a view to achieving consistency of effect and timing, where appropriate;
- Both parties will keep each other informed about developments (e.g. Judicial Reviews) which might have implications for the other.
Enforcement of European Obligations
25. The Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales is responsible in Wales, as MAFF is in England, for the correct enforcement of EU obligations which fall within its competence. Both parties recognise that enforcement may have cross-border implications. Where there is a risk of inequality or disallowance, enforcement will need to be tackled with a consistency of purpose and effect, though different circumstances may mean that identical rules are inappropriate. To this end both parties will consult with and then inform each other about their chosen method of enforcement, for example by exchanging copies of scheme rules. They also agree to such mutual exchanges of information as are required to assist the good management of schemes and the observance of EU obligations.
26. Where enforcement difficulties arise in Wales or England, both parties will consult with each other in advance of any discussion with the European Commission or European Court of Auditors. They will similarly consult on any corrective action demanded by the European Commission or European Court of Auditors.
27. In the interests of good communication and for the avoidance of surprises, both parties will, wherever possible, inform each other at least one week in advance of bilateral meetings with the Commission or other Member States which are relevant to the enforcement of EC legislation. They also agree to report back to each other about such meetings, copying any records as soon as they are available.
28. MAFF will retain overall responsibility for the formulation of UK policy in respect of international agreements relating to all matters for which it has responsibility. To ensure that the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales is fully involved in the formulation, negotiation, implementation and enforcement of international policy in devolved areas the same principles as set out in the EU policy section, and in the overarching Concordat on International Relations between the UK Government and the devolved administrations will apply.
Animal health and welfare and veterinary services
29. MAFF, the Scottish Executive and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales have agreed that the implementation of animal health and welfare policy throughout England, Scotland and Wales will be carried out by a single unified State Veterinary Service (SVS) under the line management of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).
30. Although responsibility for meat hygiene policy rests with the Food Standards Agency and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales, the CVO will remain the head of the competent veterinary authority and be responsible for international negotiation on trade in animals and animal products and matters relating to veterinary certification.
31. The Assistant Chief Veterinary Officer Wales (ACVO) will act as the CVO's nominated representative in Wales. The ACVO will be responsible for providing advice to the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales on all veterinary issues and ensuring that the policies of the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales in relation to animal health and welfare, and veterinary public health, are implemented by the SVS. The ACVO will advise the CVO on all veterinary matters affecting Wales including reporting on implementation. Where any functions or responsibilities are required by the National Assembly beyond those provided by the ACVO before devolution of the animal health functions of the Secretary of State, the National Assembly will provide the necessary funding.
32. Veterinary surveillance in Wales funded from the CVO's budget before devolution of the animal health functions of the Secretary of State will continue to be funded by MAFF subject to the evolution of MAFF's veterinary surveillance strategy and agreement on any proposed changes with NAWAD. The results of surveillance will be made available to NAWAD to inform the policy process.
33. Detailed arrangements for the operation of the SVS in Wales, including the responsibilities of the CVO and the financial and staffing responsibilities of MAFF, will be set out in a specific SVS concordat. There will also be a subject-specific concordat and a detailed service level agreement in respect of the British Cattle Movement Service, to cover working arrangements and to provide for the recovery of costs legitimately incurred in supporting the operation of the Cattle Tracing System in Wales.
34. Both parties will inform each other immediately in the event of an emergency in the agriculture, fisheries and food area which could have an impact across the border. If either party learns of a food emergency in advance of the FSA which could have an impact across the border, both parties will inform each other as well as the FSA. They will work together closely to ensure that any emergency is dealt with effectively and co-operate fully on any cross-border action required. Lead responsibility for co-ordinating action will normally be assumed by the department most affected by the emergency. Separate procedures operate for animal health matters.
35. Co-operation will extend to emergency planning and major exercises. Both parties will inform each other of major emergency exercises in good time, with at least six weeks notice if the participation of the other is requested. MAFF will have lead responsibility for the NATO Food and Agriculture Planning Committee.
36. MAFF agree to continue to provide the necessary scientific advice in the event of an emergency in Wales, or in England having an impact on Wales to help assess the need for control measures, in liaison with CEFAS as necessary. Analysis of samples will normally be undertaken by the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge.
37. MAFF agree to continue to be responsible for the collection of updated data held by the Food Vulnerability Model (FVM). MAFF will also keep the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales informed and involved with future revisions of data types, layouts, software and hardware. In doing so every effort will be made to keep both applications in step.
Pesticides and plant protection products
38. Both parties agree to co-operate to ensure that unified pesticides and plant protection product regimes continue to operate in Wales. A subject-specific concordat will apply.
Veterinary medicinal products
39. Both parties agree to co-operate to ensure that the controls on the manufacture, authorisation and distribution of veterinary medicinal products, including enforcement and the surveillance for residues of veterinary medicines in animal products, continue to operate in Wales. A subject-specific concordat will apply.
Exchange of information, statistics and research
40. In accordance with paragraphs 9 and 10 of the overarching MOU, both administrations will aim to provide each other with as full and open access as possible to scientific, technical and policy information, including statistics and research, subject to any freedom of information and confidentiality requirements.
41. In order to meet international obligations and national interests both parties will co-operate to ensure that agreed statistics for the UK as a whole are readily available in line with the overarching Concordat on Statistics. They will work together to ensure that UK statistics are relevant, timely, coherent, reliable and collected and compiled in a way which represents good value for money, and are consistent as far as data sources allow. MAFF, in consultation with the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales, will usually be responsible for compiling national data on a UK basis and disseminating the results. However, there may be occasions where it is agreed that the National Assembly for Wales will undertake this task. A subject-specific concordat between MAFF's Economic and Statistics Group and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will outline arrangements relating to the provision of statistical and economic information.
42. Regarding research matters, while MAFF is responsible for the budget for research and development carried out in England and Wales, MAFF will consult the National Assembly for Wales about its R & D priorities so that the National Assembly's views are reflected in the programme of work commissioned, including where R & D is required to address issues or problems which have a particular Welsh slant. National Assembly officials will be invited to attend meetings of the MAFF official groups that consider R & D project applications, and MAFF will make the results of this research and development available to the National Assembly for Wales.
43. Both parties agree that MAFF will continue to perform certain Plant Health functions on behalf of the National Assembly. These functions will be set out in a specific Plant Health concordat.
Burning of crop residues, heather and grass
44. Both parties agree to a unified approach as regards policy for the control of the burning of straw, stubble, heather and grass including necessary publicity for control measures.
Plant varieties and seeds
45. Both parties agree the need for consistency in the application of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants to national plant breeders' rights.
46. Both parties also agree that the Plant Variety Rights Office will continue to operate on a UK basis in the administration and grant of national plant breeders' rights.
47. In the interest of sharing knowledge and expertise and efficiency of operation, both parties agree that the arrangements for reaching decisions on National Listing of plant varieties will continue to be taken on a UK basis.
48. Detailed arrangements on National Listing matters and on the Plant Varieties Office and Controller will be outlined in a subject-specific concordat.
49. Detailed arrangements concerning policy on the marketing of seed potatoes and other potato policy issues will be outlined in a subject-specific concordat.
50. Both parties will continue to exchange information and knowledge about procedures and policies in relation to the implementation of wildlife management legislation and measures and of any change to those procedures and policies.
Organisations operating in Great Britain or the United Kingdom
51. Various organisations deal with matters within the responsibilities both of the UK Government and of the National Assembly for Wales. Both parties affirm their commitment, working together where appropriate, to ensure that such bodies continue to operate effectively. In some cases such bodies deal with devolved matters, in some cases with non-devolved matters and in others with a mixture of the two.
52. Both parties also recognise that there will be circumstances where it will be appropriate for them to undertake activities on each other's behalf.
53. Both parties agree that detailed agreements for some individual organisations operating within the agriculture and fisheries area should be set out in subject-specific concordats. These are listed in Annex A. Non-statutory bodies (e.g. some scientific advisory committees) in which both parties share an interest, and which will continue to operate on a GB or UK basis, are listed in Annex B. The Assembly has inherited the functions of the Secretary of State for Wales in relation to these bodies in areas such as setting the remits and making appointments. Any further detailed arrangements required in respect of individual non-statutory bodies will be laid down separately, by agreement.
54. Both parties agree the need for co-ordination arrangements covering all aspects of fisheries management to ensure the effective discharge of UK obligations under EC rules and international agreements, and co-operation in both marine and freshwater fisheries.
55. Within the framework of the other sections of this Concordat, MAFF will administer the licensing of fishing vessels in Welsh Ports in the same way as they administer licensing of fishing vessels registered in English Ports. The Sea Fisheries Inspectorate of MAFF, on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales will also be responsible for applying and enforcing fisheries regulations within Welsh waters, as defined in section 155 of the Government of Wales Act and the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 i.e. including the first 12 nautical miles of sea within British Fisheries Limits.
56. Detailed arrangements for fisheries will be set out in a subject-specific concordat between the respective Fisheries Departments of MAFF and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales. In addition, there will be a subject-specific concordat dealing with fish health.
57. MAFF will inform and consult the National Assembly of Wales about all proposals for new policy initiatives and changes to existing policy, where they directly or indirectly have an impact on the National Assembly for Wales' expenditure or on the costs to industry/consumers in Wales.
58. Where decisions taken by MAFF have knock-on costs for the National Assembly for Wales, or vice-versa, provision is made in Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly: A Statement of Funding Policy, published by HM Treasury in July 2000, to cover payments or financial adjustments between the two bodies. The principle is that where decisions taken by the National Assembly for Wales have financial implications on Government Departments, or those Department's decisions lead to additional costs for the National Assembly for Wales, where other arrangements do not exist to automatically account for such extra costs, the body whose decisions lead to the additional costs will meet those costs.
59. Both parties will inform each other in good time of any in-year claims they make on the Reserve where there are packages or issues of mutual interest.
60. MAFF will provide the National Assembly for Wales with information about planned and actual programme expenditure it makes in Wales as set out in the overarching MOU on provision of information.
Legal and investigation services
61. Detailed arrangements for the provision of MAFF legal services in Wales will be set out in a subject-specific concordat.
The Intervention Board and the Forestry Commission
62. A subject-specific concordat between all four UK Agriculture Departments in respect of the Intervention Board is being drawn up. Likewise, a subject-specific concordat between MAFF, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales and the Forestry Commission will apply.
Regional selective assistance applications
63. Where MAFF currently provides advice to offices on market issues in respect of state aid schemes such as Regional Selective Assistance it will continue to do so post-devolution on the same terms as to offices operating similar schemes in England.
Planning and development
64. The provisions of Welsh Office Circular 37/84 (Department of the Environment 18/84) "Crown land and Crown Development" in respect of development by Government Departments shall apply in Wales as if references therein to the "Secretary of State" and to "the Department of the Environment" are to the National Assembly for Wales.
Licensing of deposits in the sea
65. MAFF will continue to license deposits in the sea off the coasts of Wales under the provisions of Part II of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales as far as its jurisdiction relates. This will be the subject of a separate concordat.
66. Both parties commit themselves, wherever possible, to conduct business through normal administrative channels, either at official or Ministerial level. The Secretary of State for Wales, whose functions include the promotion of good relations between the UK Government and the National Assembly for Wales, should be consulted in any significant case of disagreement.
67. Where dispute cannot be resolved bilaterally, or through the offices of the Secretary of State, the matter may be referred formally to the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) Secretariat, subject to the guidance on the remit and terms of reference of the JMC (This is set out in the agreement on the JMC - a supplementary agreement to the MOU).
Operation and review
68. The signatories to this Concordat (or designated representatives) will meet at least annually to discuss bilateral relations and mechanisms for co-ordination outlined within this document. The terms and conditions of the Concordat will be formally reviewed after one year, three years and thereafter at five-year intervals. Either party may request an additional review if they consider it necessary. Any changes made to the Concordat must be with the agreement of both parties.
17 October 2000
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Organisations operating in Great Britain or the United Kingdom for which subject-specific concordats are being drawn up between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the National Assembly for Wales Agriculture Department
- Advisory Committee on Pesticides
- Apple and Pear Research Council
- British Cattle Movement Service
- British Potato Council
- British Wool Marketing Board
- Food From Britain
- Home-Grown Cereals Authority
- Horticultural Development Council
- Meat and Livestock Commission and Meat and Livestock Commission Consumers Committee
- Milk Development Council: concordat between MAFF, the Scottish Executive and NAWAD
- Residuary Milk Marketing Board
- United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards
- Veterinary Products Committee
- Wine Standards Board of the Vintners' Company
Non-statutory bodies operating on a Great Britain or United Kingdom basis in which the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the National Assembly for Wales Agriculture Department share an interest *
- Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs
- Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification
- Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification Technical Sub-Committee
- Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food
- Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes
- Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
- Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy
- Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
- Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
- Farm Animal Welfare Council
- Food Advisory Committee
- Horticulture Research International
- Interdepartmental Group on Genetic Modification
- National Food Survey Committee
- Pesticides Forum
- Pesticides Residues Committee
- Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee
- United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards
* The Food Standards Agency also share an interest in some of these bodies along with the Department of Health and the National Assembly for Wales Health Department
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