HNUT40100 Food Regulatory Affairs (O/L)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for students taking the Graduate Diploma or MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health.

Food Regulatory Affairs is an interdisciplinary subject that integrates science, law and policy as they apply to the regulation of the food chain from farm to fork. In this module, you will study the role of European Union (EU) institutions in the development of food regulation, the evolution of the EU approach to food regulation from the early days of “recipe law” and mutual recognition, to the present focus on consumer protection. The role of international organisations with a food regulatory remit will be studied including Codex, WHO, WTO FAO. The development of a risk-based approach to food safety underpinned by science, and current regulatory issues fraud and adulteration, food additives and contaminants, legislation on food information for consumers, nutrition and health claims, and food hygiene will be explored.

The module will be delivered online through UCD Brightspace and will consist of:
• Online lectures, videos and audio presentations
• Asynchronous and synchronous discussion
• Autonomous learning
• Written Assignments
• Case Studies

Students are not required to attend lectures at the UCD campus as part of the course. Students are expected to spend a total 125 hours workload during the trimester consisting of:
• Online Lecture sets 24h
• Asynchronous and synchronous discussion 6h
• Autonomous learning 65h
• Written assignments 30h

How will student be assessed?
Continuous assessment 100% consisting of two critical reviews one of which may take the form of a Powerpoint Presentation

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module student will be able to

• Critically review evolution of EU food regulatory policy
• Interlink and co-ordinate knowledge regarding roles and activities of key stakeholders – producers, processors, regulators, consumers
• Apply knowledge about food legislation to answer a range of regulatory affairs questions from the perspective of the range of food sector stakeholders
• Analyze the vertical and horizontal regulatory elements that make up farm to fork regulation
• Interpret published scientific data in the area of food regulatory affairs
• Critically analyse literature and scientific data as it relates to FRA
• Communicate with various stakeholder sectors
• Explore and evaluate alternative positions and devise strategies for appropriate implementation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; active/task-based learning; enquiry and problem based learning; critical analysis and evaluation 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FDSC40500 - Chemistry of Nutrients(O/L), FDSC40530 - Principles of Biochemist (O/L), HNUT40060 - Intro to Nutrition (O/L)

FDSC40520 - Food Microbiology&Safety(O/L)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Two assignments (2 x 50% each); one critical review of the literature and one case study Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Mrs Angela Brennan Tutor
Dr Aleksandra Konic Ristic Tutor
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor
Ms Laura Rice Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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