The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) has been named as the winner of the Business category in the Regulatory Delivery’s Primary Authority Awards. The awards are designed to recognise outstanding work by those involved in the Primary Authority scheme (a gateway to simpler regulation) and to celebrate frontline success.
NCASS won the Business category, highlighting its commitment to helping mobile and event caterers comply with food safety regulations and reducing burdens on both member businesses and regulators by decreasing the number of inspections that caterers experience at events.
To these ends NCASS produced a common set of standards and due diligence pack, including online editable risk assessments that members can tailor to their individual needs. They also created the Connect system; an online database of members which allows enforcement officers to upload inspection reports to help inform other local authorities whether any enforcement contact is needed at future events.
Judges said: “NCASS has embraced Primary Authority as a mechanism for assisting members to provide safe food and reduce the burden of over-inspection. The Connect System is an innovative approach that enables local authorities to access, check and store information on transient businesses, enabling them to benefit from the same risk-based intervention frequencies as fixed-premises businesses.”