Course overview:

The Understanding & Implementing EU Food Law course is designed to present you a clear, accessible introduction to the food laws and regulations of the European Union. After completing this course you will have an excellent understanding of the current state of European Union food law, as well as cutting-edge knowledge of current issues and possible changes.

Beginning with an overview of historical developments, you will explore the evolution of legislation into the current rules and regulations of current European Union food law. With this robust foundation, you will then investigate key legislative topics (such as food labelling and food additives), the relationships between European Union institutions and member states, and the interaction of the European Union with other international bodies.

The European Union is a key, lucrative market for many countries around the world, and ensuring compliance with its requirements is a major issue for trade. The EU is also a leader in the establishment of effective food law and related control systems, with its legislation frequently being used as a basis for national and regional food laws. As a result, this course would be of immediate importance to anyone working in a regulatory capacity, but the impact of food law affects each and every aspect of the agrifood industries, and so would be of importance to professionals employed in any capacity in the sector.

This module is availabe for CPD (£450) or for credit (£700).. Modules taken as CPD can later be converted to credit for a fee of £250.  

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the Understanding & Implementing EU food Law course, participants will be able to:

  • explain the origins and background of European Union food legislation and describe its overall structure and key components
  • explain the relationship between European Union law and national law (e.g. the UK)
  • access the legal requirements which are imposed on the food industry
  • assist food companies in compliance with legal obligations deriving from European Union food law
  • more effectively participate in influencing the development of future European Union food law.

The following transferable skills will be developed in this course:

  • Critical evaluation of data from a variety of sources
  • Effective communication of scientific information in oral and written format with scientific rigour
  • Debating skills

This module is availabe for CPD (£450) or for credit (£700).. Modules taken as CPD can later be converted to credit for a fee of £250.

Additional Course Information:

This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of matters relating to European Union food law. Topics covered include:

  • The historical development of European Union food law
  • The main elements in current European Union food law
  • The procedures and policies used by the EU to develop legislation
  • The relationship between the EU legislation and wider international policies
  • A deeper consideration of some key legislative topics (for example, food labelling, food additives or food hygiene)
  • Introduction to the EU and its global relevance
  • Historical development of EU food law
  • Current policies and procedures
  • The role of the European Food Safety Authority in the provision of scientific advice
  • Relationships between the European Union Institutions and activities in the Member States
  • Main elements of current European Union food law
  • Detailed evaluation of selected food law topic


The course consists entirely of Internet-based course material (including audio/visual files, pdf documents and web links) with exercises provided for each element enabling participants to assess their understanding and progress. Interaction with the course leader will be available using discussion fora.

Key facts:

Course Dates 19 April 2021
Type/Duration 8 Weeks online
Entry Requirements Graduate level or relevant experience
Credits 10
Cost £450.00
Fee info Discounts available for multiple bookings
CQFW Level 7
Course Provider University of Reading
Provider Reference Number FZMR10
Course Arrangements Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location Online, University of Reading
Cohort EPTH Cohort
Course Logistics Delivered entirely online through the University of Reading’s Virtual Learning Environment over an eight week period, it is suggested that material is reviewed on a weekly basis, however, participants may vary their speed of learning to suit their own requirements. The course is available to be completed for Continued Professional Development, or with the award of 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements for the course. This course is also available in bite sized chunks via our Knowledge Nuggets
Tutor Dr David Jukes


Contact details:

Contact Name for Enquiries: Fiona Lee or Cathy Crips

Email address:
Telephone Number: 0118 378 3312 or  0118 378 8722

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