Policy paper

Defra enforcement policy statement

The statement sets out the general regulatory principles and enforcement tools used by Defra and its regulatory agencies.


Enforcement policy statement


This policy statement explains the options and tools we have available to enforce against those who break the law. It sets out what considerations we take into account when choosing which sanction(s) to apply.

We use regulation and enforcement to make sure people do not risk the health of humans, animals, the environment or our food.

Published 27 October 2015