Stakeholder engagement as a
priority for enabling regulation
ABOUT US
• We are a bi-national statutory agency
• Our main function is to develop and
administer the Australia New Zealan...
FOOD REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
Standards setting
FSANZ

Policy
Forum on Food
Regulation
(ministers)

Enforcement
States and
ter...
THE FOOD STANDARDS CODE

•
•
•
•

•
Labelling
requirements
Substances
added to foods
Maximum
residue limits
GM foods

Comp...
IN DEVELOPING MEASURES CONSIDERATION
IS GIVEN TO:
Protection of public health and safety
Providing adequate information to...
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT −THE “GAPS”,
OR IMPEDIMENTS?????
• All quiet on the western front
• Resources

• Timing
• Chefs
SILENCE ISN’T GOLDEN

All quiet……..
RESOURCES AND TIMING
Resources restricted and getting worse
Need to get smarter about how we do things
Start talking early...
TOO MANY (A LOT OF) CHEFS?
A CASE STUDY
A long and winding road… health claims

Complex project
Eight years
Six rounds consultation
>500 submissions
THE JOURNEY

2003 Policy
guidance

2008 draft
Standard (self
substantiation)
review request

2010
consultation
pre-approva...
THE NEVER ENDING STORY?
The health claims standards has been
gazetted what now….
A continuous and responsive environment
T...
COMMUNICATING WITH
STAKEHOLDERS INTO THE FUTURE
Continuous improvement
Innovation
What works?
Keep the baby!
RESPONSIVE
OLD SCHOOL
Direct contact
Newsletters
Face-to-face
INTO THE FUTURE
ALL IN…
“All stakeholders in the joint food regulation system
should commit to improving the quality of
engagement. Stakeh...
SOME PRIORITIES
> maintain our open and transparent approach
> explore new ways to capture and recognise
stakeholder views...
QUESTIONS….
www.foodstandards.gov.au
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Lorraine Belanger Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Relations, Food Standards Australia New Zealand delivered this presentation at the Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference.

Informa's annual Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference is now in its 15th year and continually provides a platform to discuss the ongoing issues in food policy

For more information about the event, please visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au/foodregs2013

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Lorraine Belanger - FSANZ - Stakeholder engagement as a priority for enabling regulation

  1. 1. Stakeholder engagement as a priority for enabling regulation
  2. 2. ABOUT US • We are a bi-national statutory agency • Our main function is to develop and administer the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code • Not responsible for enforcement
  3. 3. FOOD REGULATORY FRAMEWORK Standards setting FSANZ Policy Forum on Food Regulation (ministers) Enforcement States and territories, NZ MPI DAFF (imported foods)
  4. 4. THE FOOD STANDARDS CODE • • • • • Labelling requirements Substances added to foods Maximum residue limits GM foods Compositional requirements for specific foods • • Food safety requirements for food handlers Australia only • • Standards for agricultural commodities Australia only
  5. 5. IN DEVELOPING MEASURES CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO: Protection of public health and safety Providing adequate information to consumers Preventing misleading and deceptive conduct
  6. 6. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT −THE “GAPS”, OR IMPEDIMENTS????? • All quiet on the western front • Resources • Timing • Chefs
  7. 7. SILENCE ISN’T GOLDEN All quiet……..
  8. 8. RESOURCES AND TIMING Resources restricted and getting worse Need to get smarter about how we do things Start talking early…..everyone
  9. 9. TOO MANY (A LOT OF) CHEFS?
  10. 10. A CASE STUDY A long and winding road… health claims Complex project Eight years Six rounds consultation >500 submissions
  11. 11. THE JOURNEY 2003 Policy guidance 2008 draft Standard (self substantiation) review request 2010 consultation pre-approval 2012 draft Standard (pre-approval and self substantiation)
  12. 12. THE NEVER ENDING STORY? The health claims standards has been gazetted what now…. A continuous and responsive environment The cooks…
  13. 13. COMMUNICATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS INTO THE FUTURE Continuous improvement Innovation What works? Keep the baby!
  14. 14. RESPONSIVE
  15. 15. OLD SCHOOL Direct contact Newsletters Face-to-face
  16. 16. INTO THE FUTURE
  17. 17. ALL IN… “All stakeholders in the joint food regulation system should commit to improving the quality of engagement. Stakeholders should provide each other with timely, constructive and evidence-based information and be accepting of differing positions.” Find the strategy under about us at www.foodstandards.gov.au
  18. 18. SOME PRIORITIES > maintain our open and transparent approach > explore new ways to capture and recognise stakeholder views > enhance the understanding of our role including our boundaries > continue to improve the accessibility of our information
  19. 19. QUESTIONS…. www.foodstandards.gov.au

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