If an application for approval is made, an officer of the Food Safety and Standards Team will contact the food business operator to arrange an inspection of the business. An inspection of the business will be necessary to ensure that the business complies with the structural, operational and food safety management requirements of the applicable legislation.
If everything meets the requirements the approval and associated Identification Number will be issued. Otherwise the inspecting officer will determine the nature and extent of works required to meet approval criteria and communicate that to the food business operator. In certain circumstances Conditional Approval can be issued for a period of up to 3 months in order for works to be undertaken. In certain circumstances approval may be refused. If this happens the food business operator has the right of appeal to a Magistrates' Court.