Study Visits

  Read on to find out more about the 12 study visits being arranged for Wednesday 12 October.  Delegates can register attendance at one of the following through EventBrite.
1. This visit has been withdrawn
2. Protection of Intellectual Property

The protection of the brand, identity and reputation of a business, through intellectual property enforcement, contributes economic growth as well as consumer trust, security and safety. Delegates will visit Vitabiotics a global brand to explore with Regulatory Delivery, Trading Standards and Business bodies the importance of design protection and innovation to business growth and confidence, and how enforcement helps protect businesses and consumers.

3. Use of standards to deliver outcomes

Standards cover a wide range of sectors and products from construction to energy management to health and safety, from cricket balls to goalposts. Clear, transparent standards provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product or service. This visit to the Regulatory Delivery technical laboratories will demonstrate how standards play a key role in our everyday lives, featuring discussions with the British Standards Institution, Assured Food Standards and the NMO legal metrology team.

4. Sustainable Fisheries Management

Operated by the City of London, Billingsgate is the UK’s largest wholesale fresh fish market, selling an average of 25,000 tonnes of fish and fish products each year, approximately 40% of which is imported. This visit will explore the issues of fisheries management, sustainability and technical regulatory support with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Marine Management Organisation, the industry support body Seafish, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and retail supermarket chain Waitrose, who utilise the Billingsgate Seafood Training school for training their managers. The visit will conclude with a visit to the nearby Waitrose supermarket to explore retail challenges and consumer issues.

5. Assuring safety of Meat and Poultry

Smithfield or, to give it its official name, London Central Markets, is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. More than 100,000 tonnes of meat and associated products pass through Smithfield each year. Delegates will visit the market with the UK regulators the City of London Environmental Health Team and the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders and then hear presentations from the British Meat Processors Association, Horsham Borough Council and the Food Standards Agency and discuss safety and compliance challenges facing the sector.

6. Public Health at Airports

London Gatwick airport is the second largest international airport in the UK and the 9th busiest airport in Europe. The main types of food that are imported through London Gatwick Airport are highly perishable products such as fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Delegates will visit the Port Health team at Crawley Borough Council servicing the Port Health needs of London Gatwick Airport together with the Fresh Produce Consortium, Food Standards Agency and the Home Office.

7. Modernising Health and Safety

It is 40 years since the UK Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced, providing a new regulatory framework for work place health and safety in Great Britain. This has helped make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, saving thousands of lives, preventing many more injuries at work and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures. Delegates will be able to choose between 3 visits to major London infrastructure projects being undertaken by Transport for London, which are the redevelopments of Bank, Victoria and Northern Line tube stations. Each visit can accommodate up to 5 delegates. Following the visit delegates will hear from the UK Health and Safety Executive about strategy development and their future approach to securing the delivery of work place health and safety.

8. Advertising self-regulation

Each year, the public sees many millions of advertisements, direct marketing and promotions whether through print media, such as newspapers and magazines, or increasingly through online and digital means. All advertising should, no matter how or where it appears be legal, decent, honest and truthful, ensuring that consumers are not misled. Delegates will visit a major advertising agency, Mcann World Group to discuss the approval process for broadcast advertising with Clearcast and visit the Advertising Standards Authority to see how advertising self-regulatory codes work and how complaints are investigated on behalf of consumers and enforced through the Advertising Standards Authority and Trading Standards.

9. Product safety and ease of moving goods across borders

London Gateway Deep Water Port facility is a state-of-the-art, highly automated deep-sea container port on the same site as one of Europe’s largest logistics parks. Delegates will visit the Port facility with London Port Health Authority, Regulatory Delivery and Thurrock Borough Council Trading Standards to explore how the non-food goods entering the UK are assured so that consumers in the UK are protected for dangerous and unsafe products.

10. Protecting the Environment – Waste and recycling

Grundon is the UK’s largest family-owned supplier of waste management and environmental solutions, providing waste management services for the reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal of waste. This includes the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste and electronic equipment. Delegates will visit the Grundon site with the Environment Agency to explore how waste regulation works in the UK and highlight the importance of the interaction between business and regulators. Delegates will also have the opportunity to learn about the range of environmental legislation for which Regulatory delivery has direct enforcement responsibility.

11. Bringing Medicinal Products and Medicines to Market 

Regulations and controls around bringing products products to market are rigorously enforced to ensure consumer safety and maintain public trust in medical products and the retailers who sell them. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore how new products in the Medical Devices sector are brought to market and supervised here in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency. The visit will also explore the unique challenges of design, regulation and manufacturing of lower limb prosthetics at major Manufacturer Blatchford. The British Healthcare Trades Association and Proprietary Association of GB will be supporting the visit.

12. This visit has been withdrawn
13. This visit has been withdrawn
14. Securing animal health and welfare

Heathrow Animal Reception Centre is the Live Animal Border Inspection Post for Heathrow airport. A world leader in the care of animals during transport, the centre last year processed 16,000 dogs and cats, 400 horses, 200,000 reptiles, 2000 birds and 28 million fish. Delegates will visit the Reception Centre and hear from the Animal and Plant Health Agency, the City of London regulatory services, business representative bodies and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) on how animal welfare controls operate in the UK.

15. Protection of precious metals

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is where hallmarking began over 700 years ago. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the world famous Grade 1 listed Goldsmiths’ Hall and London Assay Office in conjunction with a Local Authority enforcement expert and members of the British Allied Trades Federation to understand how the UK hallmarking system of precious metals protects buyers, sellers and consumers in their transactions.