International Food Law course essential for 2019

The ability to stay current with international food law is going to be challenging for UK food manufacturers and producers.

Understanding the implications of Brexit and potential trading partnerships outside the EU will be a key requirement for 2019.

The AFTP’s International Food Law course is essential and accessible for all food professionals who are involved in exporting products.

The course starts on 6 May 2019. It is delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment over a four-week period. We are offering a 25% discount for this as our featured course from February to April 2019.

World Trade Organisation rules

The course analyses the over-arching impact of the World Trade Organisation’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement on key aspects of EU and UK food legislation.

This includes genetically modified foods, novel foods and the residue limits for pesticides in crops or hormones in meat, which are all subject to evaluation under the WTO rules. 

The potential creation of international trading partnerships in a variety of new markets will require an understanding of the accompanying development of new food rules and regulations.

Participants in the course will be able to develop a framework for accessing the relevant legislation that directly affects their business as well as staying up to date with new developments.

Areas the course covers include:

  • The historical development of international food law

  • Development of modern guidelines and policies

  • Assessment of current policies and procedures

  • Main elements of current international food law

  • Working with international food law in the business

DEFRA publishing advice for different Brexit outcomes

Food professionals need the tools to stay up to date with what is now a fast-moving regulatory environment.

For example, Defra is currently publishing updated advice on food labelling regulations in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Some of the new rules will come into effect from exit day on 29 March 2019.

Accessing and interpreting the correct information

With the imminent changes to the UK’s international relationships (and international legal requirements), accessing and interpreting legislation correctly will be of key importance.

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Access the relevant legislation relating to their business

  • Engage in the development of future food laws

  • Appreciate the interaction of international law with various national laws

  • Explain the origins and background of international food legislation and describe its overall structure and key components

  • Access the legal requirements which are imposed on the food industry

Additional AFTP short courses in food law include UK Food Law (October 2019) and EU Food Law (January 2020) to complement the International Food Law course.

Book now

We are offering a 25% discount for this as our featured course from February to April 2019. Please use the code ‘CODEX’ to receive your 25% discount. You can enter this code into the 'Promotional / Discount Code' field, which is located in the 'Funding and Finance' section of the AFTP application form. Further discounts are available for group bookings.

For more information, contact the AFTP team on +44 (0) 330 333 4530 or email us on

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