Course overview

The UK has manyof it's own laws and regulations governing the production, transport, retail, and consumption of food.

Through a series of five Knowledge Nuggets beginning with the evolution of food laws in the UK throughout its history and providing context to modern developments you will explore the foundations of modern food legislation and their place within the overall structure of legal requirements placed on the food industry.   Learn also where to find and interpret laws relating to your profession and how to participate in (and contribute to) the development of future laws relating to the development of future UK food law.

UKFL1 - UK Food Law History & Current Elements

This Nugget will provide you the background to the current UK food regulation legislation by exploring the historical development of these elements over time. This includes the foundational modern legislation and the impact of the UK’s status as an EU member state towards creating the current framework.

Topics addressed through 2 short online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this Knowledge Nugget include: 

  • History and the evolution of UK food laws
  • Modern legislation
  • Structure of UK food legislation
  • Relation to EU food law
  • Food Safety
IFL2 - The Codex Alimentarius

The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety.

It covers all foods, whether processed, semi-processed or raw. In addition to standards for specific foods, the Codex Alimentarius contains general standards covering matters such as food labelling, food hygiene, food additives and pesticide residues, and procedures for assessing the safety of foods derived from modern biotechnology. It also contains guidelines for the management of official i.e. governmental import and export inspection and certification systems for foods.

This Nugget will introduce you to one of the most important piece of international regulation – the Codex Alimentarius. It will explore its background, its current modes of operation, and its influence on global food law.

Topics addressed through 3 short online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Historical review
  • Structure and procedures
  • Consensus Science
  • Adoption of standards
  • Monitoring
  • Some critical views
IFL3 - World Trade Organisation

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.

This Nugget will explore the work of the World Trade Organisation, outlining the structure of the organisation, its operations in a global context, its interactions with the Codex, and an introduction to using the information available on WTO databases.

Topics addressed through 3 short online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Introduction to the WTO
  • Structure and Activities
  • Historical Development and Interaction of WTO and Codex Alimentarius
  • A brief guide to documentation and using databases
IFL4 - World Trade Organisation Disputes

This Nugget will explore the role of the WTO by focusing on one particular example: a dispute involving beef hormones. This case study will introduce major elements of WTO regulations, the dispute process, and explore the ramifications for producers and consumers.

Topics addressed through 3 short online video tutorials, plus associated core and support material in this knowledge Nugget include:

  • Outline to the case study: beef hormones
  • Beef hormones and the Codex
  • Maximum residue limits
  • The dispute process – timelines and regulation in action

Book Now 

It's quick and simple to register for our Knowledge Nuggets by clicking on the 'Book Now' button above.    Once your registration has been received we will be in touch to arrange payment, start dates and access to the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environent.

If you would like any further information, or would like to discuss any of the options available please contact us:

Tel:  0118 378 3312/ 0118 378 8722


Key facts

Course Dates
Monthly start dates
8 weeks of unlimited access
Entry Requirements
Fee info
Per Nugget
Course Provider
University Of Reading
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Course Location
University of Reading
Mixed Cohort
Course Logistics
Courses are delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment.
CPD Awarding Body
EIT Food
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