Primary Authority – all change
Any size business can have a direct partnership with a chosen local authority. This is a legally recognised partnership that provides assured advice from a single local authority, ensures consistency of regulation and reduces duplication of inspections and paperwork.
From the 1st October 2017, as a result of the Enterprise Act 2017, the ‘Primary Authority’ process for forming these partnerships is changing.
If you have an existing partnership and you want that to continue, then you might need to sign a new partnership arrangement with your Primary Authority (PA).
Under the new scheme, businesses will be able to extend their PA relationship into other regulatory areas not already covered.
Do you trade in England and Wales?
If you trade in both England and Wales, then you may need to have partnerships in both countries to ensure Primary Authority coverage across the devolved policy areas of food, environmental protection, pollution control, housing and public health.
Your current Primary Authority will be able to help you develop dual Primary Authority Advice and inspection plans. Supporting Regulators will provide additional guidance on this shortly. A joined-up approach is encouraged.
The Supporting Regulators include the HSE; Food Standards Agency; Gambling Commission; Competition and Markets Authority; and the BEIS Secretary of State for weights and measures and product safety issues.
Should you have any queries as to whether Primary Authority is appropriate for your business or have questions on these changes then please do not hesitate to contact us.