Transitioning Your Food Business To The New Requirements

If you were already operating a food business before the act came into force on 1 March 2016 your business will have to transition to the requirements of the new Food Act 2014 between 2016 and 2019. Check the timetable to find out when your type of food business has to transition.

By 28 February 2019 all food businesses will be operating under the new Act. You could continue to operate under the legislation your food business is currently registered under until the transition time for your food sector comes up. However, you can move to the new law any time from 1 March 2016.

From the start of each transition period MPI will be focused on providing additional guidance and support to food businesses in each group.

You must apply to register your food control plan or national programme business three months before the final date of transitioning.

Register your food business under the new Food Act 2014

Existing food business owners should download and complete the following forms:

Submit the forms with supporting documents and fee to us. We may request further information and/or arrange for on-site visit prior to the registration being granted.

What happens after I register my existing business?

All food businesses must be verified (audited) to check compliance with the act. 

Registered Template Food Control Plans: The operator of a food business that is subject to a template food control plan must ensure that the plan and the food business are verified by our Environmental Health Officers within one year of registration.

National Programmes: There are 3 levels of national programmes, which are based on the food safety risk of the activities a business does.

  • Level 3 – higher risk. The initial verification must be carried out within six months of registration. Any subsequent verifications will occur at least once every two years should the results of previous verifications be of acceptable standard.
  • Level 2 – medium risk. The initial verification must be carried out within one year of registration. Any subsequent verifications must be done at least once every three years should the results of previous verifications be of acceptable outcomes and no compliance matters exist against the business.
  • Level 1 – lower risk. The initial verification must be done within one year of registration. No subsequent verifications required unless the initial verification resulted in an unacceptable outcome or compliance matters exist.

Purchasing a food business?

Contact us and speak to an Environmental Health Officer before you purchase an existing food business that is registered under:

  • Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
  • Voluntary Implementation Programme (VIP) – Off-The-Peg Food Control Plan
  • MPI Template Food Control Plan: Food Service and Food Retail sector or
  • National Programme.

Food Control Plans, National Programmes and registration certificates under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 cannot be transferred. When a new owner takes over an existing food business they will need to apply for a new FCP or NP depending on the scope of their business.

If you are planning to make structural changes to an existing food premises then you need to contact us to speak to a Building Inspector.