The Food Standards Agency “Register a food business” beta service
is now connected to 10 pilot Local Councils. We are fast approaching 300 new
food business registrations submitted via the service, with people using smart
phones, laptops and pads to complete the registration.
How it works
If you are a food business operator registering a
new business in these pilot councils, you are now directed from gov.uk (or the
councils own website) to the new digital service. Upon submission of the
required details, the operator receives an email confirmation with a unique
reference number, as well as further information on how to set their business
up for success.
At the same time, the council receives email
notification of the registration to their nominated email address, as well as
the data securely transferred to their back office system. An officer can then
review the information before deciding appropriate action.
We are receiving good feedback from pilot councils
and users to help further iterate and develop this beta service. In particular,
the benefits of having the registration data received direct to their back
Registrations API - Connecting Local Councils to the Register
a food business service
To enable more councils and back office system
suppliers to connect to the service, we have developed our standard
registrations API. This enables councils to take registration data from the new
service directly into their back office system. The API is now available for
testing and developing against from our developer hub.
For those councils that already have a digital food registration connected to their back office system, we are also looking to make available the components and design patterns to enable consistent data standards.
Am very happy to talk regards the Register a
food business service, the API development and what the FSA can provide to
enable connection to the service.