If you are setting up a food business we will identify explain the regulations that apply to you and to your products and how you can comply with them. You might need advice on how the product should be labelled, what claims you can make about it and does it come within a particular classification of foodstuff, such as food supplements, where specific rules might apply.
Are you considering importing products into the EU or Ireland? They may be compliant with the rules and regulations of another country but they must also be fully compliant with all applicable EU and Irish laws. We can help you import your product by providing a label check service whereby we make sure that the label is fully compliant and there are no non-permitted ingredients.
Are you sure that your product is a foodstuff? There can be issues about so called ‘borderline’ products which, due to their composition, function or presentation might be classed as a medicine. We can help overcome these issues and advise you with respect to the correct regulatory regime that applies to your product. There are significant implications if a product does not comply with the correct regulations. We have experience of liaising with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and the Irish Medicines Board in respect of these issues.
If you are an employer do you know your duties under health and safety law? It is essential that all businesses understand their obligations and put polices systems and procedures in place to protect their workers and others who might be affected by you actions. We advise organisations about the legal provisions that affect their businesses. Organisations that have their main base outside Ireland often adopt their policies and procedures for their Irish operations. We review policies to ensure they accurately reflect the laws, Codes of Practice and guidance that apply in Ireland.
If you are placing consumer products such as toys and electrical goods on the market they must be safe. We advise in respect of the laws applicable to product safety and the duties and obligations on manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers.
Being subject to an inspection by the regulatory authorities can be daunting. This can be manifestly made worse if the inspection is on foot of an incident, accident or complaint. How inspections are handled by the inspector and by the business can have significant implications for what happens next.
We advise businesses in respect of the powers of inspectors and what they can and what they cannot do. We also provide advice on what to do “when the inspector calls” so that the organisation is ready to handle any situation professionally, efficiently and effectively.
Unsafe foods and consumer products can cause very serious harm to individuals. Long term consequences for the business include criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. However the most important time for a business caught up in a recall or withdrawal is the first twenty four to forty eight hours. What happens in that time period can determine the extent to which the crisis will impact on the business and its public reputation. We are experienced in advising on these important issues.