FZCR60-Understanding & implementing european union food law - CPD

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr David Jukes

Email: d.j.jukes@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Delivered on-line only through distance learning using video lectures, interactive forum based seminars and self-directed study hosted on the University of Reading’s VLE, this module develop knowledge and understanding of matters relating to European Union food law.


The module aims to enhance the student’s ability to effectively identify and meet requirements derived from European Union food law and to participate in and contribute to the future development of European Union food law

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, learners should be able to:

  • explain the origins and background to EU food legislation and describe its overall structure and key components

  • explain the relationship between EU 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 EU food law

  • more effectively participate in influencing the development of future EU food law.

Additional outcomes:

The following transferable skills will be developed in this module:

  • Critical evaluation of data from a variety of sources

  • Effective communication of scientific information in oral and written format with scientific rigour

  • Debating skills

Outline content:

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

  • the historical development of EU food law

  • the main elements in current EU 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 EU Institutions and activities in Member States

  • Main elements of current EU food law

  • Detailed evaluation of selected food law topics

Global context:

The European Union is a key market for many countries around the world and ensuring compliance with its requirements is a major issue for them.  The EU also often acts as a leader in the establishment of effective food law and related control systems and its legislation is frequently used as a basis for other national or regional food law.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

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

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Guided independent study 55
Total hours by term 65.00
Total hours for module 65.00

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Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are no summative assessments with this module

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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