Food labelling e-learning course
About this course

About this course

Aims and contents

This e-learning course has been developed by the Food Standards Agency with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Health. It will provide you with a general understanding of current food labelling legislation. The course should take around 7 hours to complete, including the quizzes.

The course aims to:

  • improve awareness of food labelling among food law enforcement officers
  • provide guidance on the key aspects of food labelling
  • help prevent mislabelling or misdescription of foods.

The course contains seven modules covering various aspects of food labelling legislation. Each module contains:

  • an Overview section giving a brief summary of the key points
  • an Interactive section which can be a multiple choice 'Test your knowledge' or an interactive food label
  • a Find out more section which offers a detailed description of the legislation, including references
  • a Quiz which you need to complete correctly to receive your CPD certificate.

You will also find quick links on the left hand side to About this course, Quizzes, Links and resources, Glossary and the FSA website.

Modules can be completed in any order.

Continuing Professional Development

This e-learning course is part of the continuing programme of update training for enforcers.

Certificates of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are available to enforcement officers and other interested professionals who register, log in and pass the quizzes. These will need to be approved by your individual manager to count 7 hours towards your CPD requirement.

The certificate will expire after one year and the status of all quizzes will be reset. Users must retake the quizzes and gain a new certificate for CPD.

Using this course

Information provided by this course is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to food labelling legislation, neither is it intended to provide a comprehensive guide to the creation of a legal label. It aims to provide guidance on the key aspects of food labelling. Ultimately, only the courts can decide whether a label meets the requirements of the law.

If you are from a Local Authority and would like to discuss any specific food labelling issues, visit the Knowledge Hub at

If you experience any issues with using this site, please contact with a description of the problem.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for labelling policy on all issues other than food safety and nutrition. In England and Wales, the Food Standards Agency retains responsibility for food safety-related labelling, whereas the FSA in Scotland and Northern Ireland is still responsible for all labelling and standards policy.