Primary Authority

Primary Authority was launched in 2009 to make the local regulation of businesses across the UK more consistent. Until October 2017 Primary Authority Partnerships (PAP) were only available to multi-site businesses but can now be set up for any type or size of business. Setting up a PAP can help your business grow and save time and money. PAP are a formal arrangement made under the Enterprise Act 2016 with a Local Authority and a business enter a legal agreement to work together to ensure a high level of compliance. This includes developing Assured Advice and Inspection Plans which limit action other local authorities can take and reduce the burden of regulation.

They also mean that if any formal action is proposed (other than an emergency closure on public health grounds) the Primary Authority must be consulted first. You do not have to be a Worcestershire based business to enter a PAP with WRS. Professional food officers can, and have, helped develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points​​ (HACCP) plans and food safety management systems, advise on food poisoning allegations, carry out audits or training and also give advice on inspection issues. Please see the Primary Authority website for full information.

WRS charge £75 per hour for pre-agreed PAP work with day rates offered by arrangement (annually reviewed). We set up an annual business plan with our businesses which is reviewed at least three times a year.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPPS) has statutory responsibility for the operation of Primary Authority on behalf of the Secretary of State, nominating partnerships, issuing guidance and resolving any disputes. It also manages the Primary Authority Register.