This briefing explains what complexity science and systems thinking means for people developing and delivering policy. It also introduces a common language and set of symbols to help frame thinking, conversations and action on complexity.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is a non-ministerial UK Government department whose main objective is to protect public health and consumer interests in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It works with food producers, suppliers and local authorities to ensure that food is safe and what it says it is. This case study focuses on the FSA’s new programme ‘Regulating Our Future’ (ROF), through which the FSA is changing how it regulates the food sector.