In December, the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (the Keeper) agreed the Records Management Plan (RMP) of Food Standards Scotland.
This was the 207th RMP to be agreed by the Keeper but more significantly, it was the first RMP agreed for an authority which didn’t appear on the original Schedule of the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011.
The Act, which came into force on 1 January 2013, requires public authorities listed on the Schedule to create a RMP detailing the records management arrangements within those authorities.
Records management is the systematic control of an organisation’s records, throughout their life cycle, in order to meet operational business needs, statutory and fiscal requirements, and community expectations.
Effective management of corporate information allows fast, accurate and reliable access to records, ensuring the timely destruction of redundant information and the identification and protection of vital and historically important records.
Food Standards Scotland was established by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 to make sure that food is safe to eat, to ensure consumers know what they are eating and to improve nutrition.
Elspeth Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive at Food Standards Scotland said:
“Food Standards Scotland is pleased that the Keeper of the Records of Scotland has agreed our Records Management Plan. It was a real team effort within the organisation in developing the RMP, which demonstrates we have the necessary arrangements in place to efficiently manage information and records.
“As a relatively new organisation, we’re delighted to have achieved this. We’re committed to ensuring everyone plays their part in carrying out the plan across the organisation”.
You can find out more about how NRS helps public authorities to manage their records at our website.