Primary Authority enables businesses to form a legal partnership with a local authority, which then provides assured and tailored advice on complying with environmental health, trading standards or fire safety regulations that other local regulators must respect. Primary Authority offers WSTA members greater confidence that they are complying within their regulated activities and reduces their risk of contravening legislation.
The WSTA and Primary Authority
Primary Authority offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognized partnership with a local authority of their choice (known as the primary authority).
The WSTA entered a Primary Authority relationship with Salford City Council via the Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence at the end of 2017, and with the Shared Regulatory Services of Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, in Wales in April 2020.
This means that we have two legal partnerships covering both members in England and Wales. Most advice will also apply equally to Scotland as well.
As part of these partnerships we can provide members with assured, consistent regulatory advice on that makes it simpler and easier to comply with environmental health, trading standards and fire safety legislation. Primary Authority Assured Advice is binding on trading standards departments in other areas who should respect it when regulating WSTA members in their area. In this way, Primary Authority promotes consistency and fairness in the way that local councils enforce regulations. It provides members with greater confidence that, provided you follow the advice given, you are complying with the law.
All WSTA members are automatically included in the scheme as part of their membership benefits.
Wales Primary Authority
We can obtain assured advice from on the following issues:
- Weights and measures.
- Fair trading.
- Food standards.
- Food safety and hygiene.
- Fire safety.
Members should email firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues they believe might be suitable for assured advice. We can seek assured advice on issues that affect more than one of our members. We cannot ask for assured advice for individual members on issues that only affect their business.
In short, you need to make sure that you want to know a definitive answer! Don’t ask questions that might curb your innovation or potentially cause difficulties if our partners interpret something in a different way than you anticipated. Assured advice is valid for 1 year, after which time it is reviewed to make sure it is still valid.