Health and Sport Committee

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The Health and Sport Committee looks at matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Common frameworks considered by the Committee

Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene (FFSH) framework

The primary focus of the FFSH Framework is to set out how the four UK countries will work together to develop UK FFSH policy in areas previously harmonised at EU level.

The FFSH Framework will apply to retained EU food and feed safety and hygiene legislation.

It has been agreed that the following areas should be in-scope of the FFSH Framework:

> General Food and Feed Law and Hygiene;
> Food and Feed Safety Standards;
> Official Controls for Food and Feed; and
> Public Health Controls on Imported Food and Feed.

Date Document
12 January 2021 The Committee’s written call for views closed.
9 December 2020
30 November 2020

Letter from Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing to the Committee sharing the provisional UK Common Framework for Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene (FFSH).

There was also a copy of the Framework Outline Agreement and Concordat.

Nutrition Labelling, Composition and Standards framework

The Framework covers:

> nutrition and health claims made on foods;
> the addition of vitamins, minerals, and certain other substances to foods;
> the composition and labelling of food supplements;
>the composition and labelling of food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control (“Foods for Specific Groups”) and
>the mandatory nutrition declaration (food labelling), including additional forms of expression and presentation.

Date Action
8 December 2020 The Committee held an evidence session with

the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing.

1 December 2020 The Committee held an evidence session
30 November 2020
17 November 2020
4 November 2020
22 October 2020

Background work on Common Frameworks

As part of its inquiry on the impact of leaving the EU on the Health and Social Care sector in Scotland, the Committee held evidence sessions hearing from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, academics and representatives from organisations including the Nuffield Trust, ASH Scotland, Cancer Research UK and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Committee and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport exchanged correspondence on common frameworks that fall within their respective remits.

Date Action
17 October 2019 The Committee received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in which she provided an update on the work of the UK administrations on the development of common frameworks in health and social care policy areas.
2 October 2019 The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on the Scottish Government’s preparations in the case of ‘no-deal’ exit of the European Union.  The letter noted the Committee had urged the Scottish Government to press for common frameworks in the areas of health and social care to mirror those of the EU as closely as possible.
10 June 2019 The Committee received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to its letter of May 2019.  The response provided an update on the legislative common frameworks that fall within the Health and Sport portfolio, which the UK Government had identified as requiring more detailed discussion on whether a legislative common framework might be needed:

 

-mutual recognition of professional qualifications;

-reciprocal healthcare;

-food and feed safety and hygiene law, and

-food compositional standards and food labelling.

The response also outlined the seven non-legislative framework areas that fall within the Cabinet Secretary’s remit; provided an update on the next steps on wider engagement on the frameworks, and outlined how the Scottish Government intended to engage meaningfully with the Scottish Parliament on each of the proposed common frameworks.

29 May 2019 The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport asking in terms of the proposed frameworks in the Committee’s remit, what progress had been made to date; when the Scottish Government expected wider engagement on the frameworks to take place, and how the Scottish Government intended to engage meaningfully with the Scottish Parliament on the proposed common frameworks.
20 March 2018 The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport attended the meeting as the Committee continued its inquiry on the impact of leaving the European Union on the health and social care in Scotland.  The Cabinet Secretary responded to questions on common frameworks including the role of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government in their development.  The Cabinet Secretary was also asked about common frameworks in the areas of professional qualifications, organ donations and medicine prices.
13 March 2018 The Committee continued its work on the impact of leaving the EU on the Health and Social Care sector in Scotland, holding a further evidence session. The panel responded to questions on common frameworks that may be required in the area of health and social care.
6 March 2018 As part of its inquiry on the impact of leaving the EU on the Health and Social Care sector in Scotland, the Committee held an evidence session and heard from witnesses about common frameworks that may be required.
8 February 2018 The Committee wrote to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee following its invitation to the Committee to report back on any EU scrutiny it had carried out, particularly in relation to common frameworks and Brexit.
21 December 2017 The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee wrote to the Health and Sport Committee asking it to report back on any EU scrutiny carried out specifically in relation to common frameworks and Brexit.
November 2017 The Committee agreed to hold an inquiry on the impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland.  The Committee highlighted the areas that could have a potential impact on health and social care in Scotland and could fall within the scope of the common frameworks being discussed.