Food Business and Related Services Task Force

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  • Terms of ReferenceTerms of Reference

    Having regard to the overall aims of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee (BFAC), to –

    • review government regulations and procedures impacting on the food business and related services sectors, with the aims of cutting red tape, eliminating outdated, unnecessary or burdensome regulations, enhancing regulatory efficiency, transparency and business-friendliness, and reducing regulatory impact and compliance costs to business;
    • provide a platform for the Government to consult the food business and related services sectors on regulatory proposals and to thrash out the implementation issues of new or proposed regulations;
    • oversee and monitor development of the review work;
    • explore opportunities for greater use of innovation and technology in facilitating food business and related services sectors; and
    • report progress to the BFAC on a regular basis.

     

  • MembershipMembership

    Convenor

    • Mr Kelvin Yau

    Members

    • Mr Tommy Chan
    • Mr Jerry Chong
    • Ms May Kwan
    • Mr Lee Yuen-hong
    • Mr Jonathan Leung
    • Hon Edward Leung
    • Ms Iris Leung
    • Mr Tony Leung
    • Mr Anthony Lock
    • Mr Stanley Sy
    • Mr Donald Tse
    • Mr Wat Siu-fai
    • Mr Matthew Wong
    • Mr Simon Wong, BBS, JP
    • Mr Alexis Wong
    • Mr Desmond Wong
    • Ir Duncan Wong
    • Mr Wong Wing-chee
    • Mrs Maria Wong
    • Mr Yeung Wai-sing, BBS, MH
  • Papers of meetingPapers of meeting

    Papers of the past meetings are listed below by year.

  • 2022

    19 December 2022 (32st meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 93 Proposal on Requirement of Providing Consumer Advice for Consumption of Oysters to be Eaten in Raw State

    FRSTF Paper 93
    Proposal on Requirement of Providing Consumer Advice for Consumption of Oysters to be Eaten in Raw State

    FRSTF Paper 94 Reforming the Food Business Licensing Regime – Introduction of a “Professional Certification System” on a Pilot Basis

    FRSTF Paper 94
    Reforming the Food Business Licensing Regime – Introduction of a “Professional Certification System” on a Pilot Basis

    FRSTF Paper 95 Relaxing the Restrictions on the Scope of Food Items that Can be Sold at Light Refreshment Restaurants

    FRSTF Paper 95
    Relaxing the Restrictions on the Scope of Food Items that Can be Sold at Light Refreshment Restaurants

     

    15 September 2022 (31st meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 90 Revision of the Licensing Condition on Displaying Permit Information for Restricted Food Permit (Online Sale of Restricted Food)

    FRSTF Paper 90
    Revision of the Licensing Condition on Displaying Permit Information for Restricted Food Permit (Online Sale of Restricted Food)

    FRSTF Paper 91 Consultation of the Code of Practice for Delivery of Online Food Ordering and Delivery Platforms

    FRSTF Paper 91
    Consultation of the Code of Practice for Delivery of Online Food Ordering and Delivery Platforms

    FRSTF Paper 92 Municipal Solid Waste Charging

    FRSTF Paper 92
    Municipal Solid Waste Charging

     

    27 April 2022 (30th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 89 Enhancement of Online Licensing Services for Liquor Licences/Club Liquor Licences

    FRSTF Paper 89
    Enhancement of Online Licensing Services for Liquor Licences/Club Liquor Licences

  • 2021

     

    8 December 2021 (29th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 86 with Annex Responding to the Trade’s Concern about the Statutory Requirement of ‘Notification of Workplaces’ and Enhancing Promotion

    FRSTF Paper 86 with Annex
    Responding to the Trade’s Concern about the Statutory Requirement of ‘Notification of Workplaces’ and Enhancing Promotion

    FRSTF Paper 87 Arrangement to Relax the Requirement for Applying to Lands Department for Offensive Trades Licences under Government Leases for Specified Food Businesses

    FRSTF Paper 87
    Arrangement to Relax the Requirement for Applying to Lands Department for Offensive Trades Licences under Government Leases for Specified Food Businesses

    FRSTF Paper 88 New Exempt Quantity for Use/Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Pressure Receptacles

    FRSTF Paper 88
    New Exempt Quantity for Use/Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Pressure Receptacles

     

    25 August 2021 (28th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 83 Revised Fire Safety Requirements for Emergency Lighting Systems for Food Business Premises

    FRSTF Paper 83
    Revised Fire Safety Requirements for Emergency Lighting Systems for Food Business Premises

    FRSTF Paper 84 Briefing on the Occupational Safety and Health Law related to Notification of Workplaces, Drainage and Maintenance of Floors and Guarding of Machinery in Food Business Establishments

    FRSTF Paper 84
    Briefing on the Occupational Safety and Health Law related to Notification of Workplaces, Drainage and Maintenance of Floors and Guarding of Machinery in Food Business Establishments

    FRSTF Paper 85 Public Consultation on the Scheme on Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware

    FRSTF Paper 85 with Annex
    Public Consultation on the Scheme on Regulation of Disposable Plastic Tableware

      

    15 April 2021 (27th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 80 Public Consultation on Strengthening Regulation of Harmful Substances in Food

    FRSTF Paper 80 with Annex
    Public Consultation on Strengthening Regulation of Harmful Substances in Food

    FRSTF Paper 81 Requirement on Ventilation in Catering Premises under Cap.599F

    FRSTF Paper 81
    Requirement on Ventilation in Catering Premises under Cap.599F

    FRSTF Paper 82 Phase 3 of Love Upgrading Special Scheme

    FRSTF Paper 82
    Phase 3 of Love Upgrading Special Scheme

      

  • 2020

    9 December 2020 (26th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 78 Revision to Bakery Licence Requirement for Licensed Restaurants

    FRSTF Paper 78
    Revision to Bakery Licence Requirement for Licensed Restaurants

    FRSTF Paper 79 Less-salt-and-sugar Restaurants Scheme

    FRSTF Paper 79
    Less-salt-and-sugar Restaurants Scheme

     

    30 July 2020 (25th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 75 Requirements under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance and Measures for Good Labour Relations

    FRSTF Paper 75
    Requirements under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance and Measures for Good Labour Relations

    FRSTF Paper 76 Measures to Facilitate Applicants of Catering Business (Social Distancing) Subsidy Scheme to Obtain Full Licence in a Timely Manner

    FRSTF Paper 76
    Measures to Facilitate Applicants of Catering Business (Social Distancing) Subsidy Scheme to Obtain Full Licence in a Timely Manner

    FRSTF Paper 77 New Minor Works (MW) Item under the Building (Minor Works)(Amendment) Regulation 2020

    FRSTF Paper 77
    New Minor Works (MW) Item under the Building (Minor Works)(Amendment) Regulation 2020

      

    12 May 2020 (24th meeting) 

    Joint meeting of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee, the Wholesale and Retail Task Force, the Food Business and Related Services Task Force and the Task Force on Business Liaison Groups was held on 12 May 2020. Papers for the meeting are available at:

    /en/theme/bf/advisory/intro/papers.htm

  • 2019

     

    19 November 2019 (23rd meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 72 Relief measures to support food business

    FRSTF Paper 72
    Relief measures to support food business

    FRSTF Paper 73 Business facilitation measures in licence application

    FRSTF Paper 73
    Business facilitation measures in licence application

    FRSTF Paper 74 Adoption of "Self Certification System" - self certification by Authorized Person in revised / alteration plans

    FRSTF Paper 74
    Adoption of "Self Certification System" - self certification by Authorized Person in revised / alteration plans

      

    8 July 2019 (22nd meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 69 Briefing on the Occupational Safety and Health Law related to fire precautions in food business establishments

    FRSTF Paper 69
    Briefing on the Occupational Safety and Health Law related to fire precautions in food business establishments

    FRSTF Paper 70 Revision to the licensing condition on use of eating utensils in Temporary Food Factory Licence

    FRSTF Paper 70
    Revision to the licensing condition on use of eating utensils in Temporary Food Factory Licence

    FRSTF Paper 71 Introduction of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

    FRSTF Paper 71
    Introduction of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

      

  • 2018

     

    21 November 2018 (21st meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 66 Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 – Prohibition on the Sale and Supply of Intoxicating Liquor to Minors in the course of business

    FRSTF Paper 66
    Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 – Prohibition on the Sale and Supply of Intoxicating Liquor to Minors in the course of business

    FRSTF Paper 67 Proposed Application Criteria and New Regulatory Measures for Factory Canteen Licence

    FRSTF Paper 67 
    Proposed Application Criteria and New Regulatory Measures for Factory Canteen Licence

    FRSTF Paper 68 Regulatory regime and current policy on fresh water cooling towers

    FRSTF Paper 68
    Regulatory regime and current policy on fresh water cooling towers

      

     

    28 August 2018 (20th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 64 利便食物業牌照申請人適時取得正式牌照的措施

    FRSTF Paper 64
    Measures to Facilitate Food Business Licence Applicants to Obtain a Full Licence in a Timely Manner

    FRSTF Paper 65 加快處理食物業處所更改圖則申請的措施

    FRSTF Paper 65
    Measures to Expedite the Processing of Applications for Alteration to the Layout Plans of Food Premises

     

     

    13 April 2018 (19th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 61 Measures to Facilitate Timely Processing of Applications for Water Supply

    FRSTF Paper 61
    Measures to Facilitate Timely Processing of Applications for Water Supply

    FRSTF Paper 62 Facilitation Measure for Validation of Unauthorised Signboards

    FRSTF Paper 62
    Facilitation Measure for Validation of Unauthorised Signboards

    FRSTF Paper 63 Revised Inspection Regime for Licensed Food Premises with ISO 22000 Certification

    FRSTF Paper 63
    Revised Inspection Regime for Licensed Food Premises with ISO 22000 Certification

     

  • 2017

    30 October 2017 (18th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 57 Progress Update on the Administrative Scheme to Regulate Recycling of Waste Cooking Oils from Licensed Food Premises

    FRSTF Paper 57 
    Progress Update on the Administrative Scheme to Regulate Recycling of Waste Cooking Oils from Licensed Food Premises

    FRSTF Paper 58 Transfer of Liquor Licence without the Consent of Current Licensee

    FRSTF Paper 58 
    Transfer of Liquor Licence without the Consent of Current Licensee

    FRSTF Paper 59 with Annex Implementation Details of the Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring Programme

    FRSTF Paper 59 with Annex 
    Implementation Details of the Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring Programme

    FRSTF Paper 60 with Annex Update on the Consultation on Review of Fees for Liquor Licensing Services

    FRSTF Paper 60 with Annex
    Update on the Consultation on Review of Fees for Liquor Licensing Services

    16 June 2017 (17th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 55 Review on the Format for Recording Waste Cooking Oils Collection Details by Licensed Food Premises

    FRSTF Paper 55 
    Review on the Format for Recording Waste Cooking Oils Collection Details by Licensed Food Premises

    FRSTF Paper 56 Improvement Measures on Processing Liquor Licence Applications

    FRSTF Paper 56 
    Improvement Measures on Processing Liquor Licence Applications

    6 February 2017 (16th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 53 Implementation of Reserve Licensee Mechanism for Liquor Licence FRSTF Paper 53 
    Implementation of Reserve Licensee Mechanism for Liquor Licence
    FRSTF Paper 54 Business Facilitation Measure for Frozen Confection Factory Licence Applicants to Apply for Endorsement for Sale of Restricted Foods FRSTF Paper 54 
    Business Facilitation Measure for Frozen Confection Factory Licence Applicants to Apply for Endorsement for Sale of Restricted Foods
  • 2016

    11 Oct 2016 (15th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 51 Mandatory Use of Designated Products Registered Under Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme FRSTF Paper 51
    Mandatory Use of Designated Products Registered Under Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme
    FRSTF Paper 52 Latest Development of the Administrative Scheme to Regulate Recycling of Waste Cooking Oils from Licensed Food Premises FRSTF Paper 52
    Latest Development of the Administrative Scheme to Regulate Recycling of Waste Cooking Oils from Licensed Food Premises
    13 Jun 2016 (14th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 48 Business Facilitation Measures for Submission of Minor Works Documents to Expedite Issue of Provisional Food Business Licences FRSTF Paper 48
    Business Facilitation Measures for Submission of Minor Works Documents to Expedite Issue of Provisional Food Business Licences
    FRSTF Paper 49 with Annex Post-implementation Review on New Measures for Compliance with Fire Safety Requirements by Food Premises FRSTF Paper 49 with Annex
    Post-implementation Review on New Measures for Compliance with Fire Safety Requirements by Food Premises
    FRSTF Paper 50 Update on the Proposed Simplification of Appeal Mechanism for Suspension/Cancellation of Food Business Licences FRSTF Paper 50
    Update on the Proposed Simplification of Appeal Mechanism for Suspension/Cancellation of Food Business Licences
    5 Feb 2016 (13th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 46 Building (Standards of Sanitary Fitments, Plumbing, Drainage Works and Latrines)(Amendment) Regulation 2015(Chapter 123I) FRSTF Paper 46 with Annex
    Building (Standards of Sanitary Fitments, Plumbing, Drainage Works and Latrines)(Amendment) Regulation 2015(Chapter 123I)
    FRSTF Paper 47 New measures to enhance the control of application process for water supply to inside service with Annex FRSTF Paper 47 with Annex
    New measures to enhance the control of application process for water supply to inside service
  • 2015

    12 Oct 2015 (12th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 43 Implementation progress of proposed regulatory control on recycling of waste cooking oils from licensed food premises FRSTF Paper 43
    Implementation progress of proposed regulatory control on recycling of waste cooking oils from licensed food premises
    FRSTF Paper 44 Implementation details of waiver of licence fees for restaurants and fees for restricted food permits for 6-month FRSTF Paper 44
    Implementation details of waiver of licence fees for restaurants and fees for restricted food permits for 6-month
    FRSTF Paper 45 with Annex Proper use of water supply for fresh water cooling towers FRSTF Paper 45 with Annex
    Proper use of water supply for fresh water cooling towers
    4 Jun 2015 (11th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 40 Proposed regulatory control on the disposal of used cooking oil from licensed food premises FRSTF Paper 40
    Proposed regulatory control on the disposal of used cooking oil from licensed food premises
    FRSTF Paper 41 with Annex Legislative amendments to improve the liquor licence regulatory regime FRSTF Paper 41 with Annex
    Legislative amendments to improve the liquor licence regulatory regime
    FRSTF Paper 42 Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for outside seating accommodation permission of restaurants - May 2015 update FRSTF Paper 42
    Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for outside seating accommodation permission of restaurants - May 2015 update
    10 Feb 2015 (10th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 37 Implementation of the extension of the plastic shopping bag charging to all retail outlets FRSTF Paper 37
    Implementation of the extension of the plastic shopping bag charging to all retail outlets
    FRSTF Paper 38 with Annex Implementation of new measures for compliance  with fire safety requirements by food premises FRSTF Paper 38 with Annex
    Implementation of new measures for compliance  with fire safety requirements by food premises
    FRSTF Paper 39 Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for outside seating accommodation permission of restaurants FRSTF Paper 39
    Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for outside seating accommodation permission of restaurants
  • 2014

    17 Oct 2014 (9th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 33 with Annex - Proposed simplification of appeal mechanism for suspension/cancellation of food business licence - analysis of Increase in suspension and cancellation of food business licences FRSTF Paper 33 with Annex
    Proposed simplification of appeal mechanism for suspension/cancellation of food business licence - analysis of increase in suspension and cancellation of food business licences
    FRSTF Paper 34 with Annex Air change  requirement  of  kitchens/food  preparation  rooms in  food business premises FRSTF Paper 34 with Annex
    Air change  requirement  of  kitchens/food  preparation  rooms in  food business premises
    FRSTF Paper 35 Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for Outside Seating Accommodation permission of restaurants FRSTF Paper 35
    Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for Outside Seating Accommodation permission of restaurants
    FRSTF Paper 36 Requirements for operation of Boilers & Pressure Vessels in catering establishments FRSTF Paper 36
    Requirements for operation of Boilers & Pressure Vessels in catering establishments
    6 June 2014 (8th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 30 with Annex Public Consultation on the Enhanced Measures against Shop Front Extensions FRSTF Paper 30 with Annex
    Public consultation on the enhanced measures against shop front extensions
    FRSTF Paper 31 Proposed Simplification of Appeal Mechanism for Suspension/Cancellation of Food Business FRSTF Paper 31
    Proposed simplification of appeal mechanism for suspension/cancellation of food business licences
    FRSTF Paper 32 Implementation Progress of the Recommendations of the Review on Application for Outside Seating Accommodation Permission of Restaurants FRSTF Paper 32
    Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for Outside Seating Accommodation permission of restaurants
    17 February 2014 (7th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 27 with Annex Implementation Details of the New Licensing Conditions in the Guidelines on Assessing Liquor Licence Applications FRSTF Paper 27 with Annex
    Implementation details of the new licensing conditions in the guidelines on assessing liquor licence applications
    FRSTF Paper 28 Implementation Progress of the Recommendations of the Review on Application for Outside Seating Accommodation Permission of Restaurants FRSTF Paper 28
    Implementation progress of the recommendations of the review on application for Outside Seating Accommodation permission of restaurants
    FRSTF Paper 29 The Film Censorship Ordinance, Chapter 392 FRSTF Paper 29
    The Film Censorship Ordinance, Chapter 392
  • 2013

    24 October 2013 (6th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 23 with Annex Review on Application for Outside Seating Accommodation Permission of Food Business  FRSTF Paper 23 with Annex
    Review on application for Outside Seating Accommodation permission of food business
    FRSTF Paper 24 with Annex Task Force on External Lighting “Stakeholders and public engagement exercise” FRSTF Paper 24 with Annex
    Task Force on External Lighting “Stakeholders and Public Engagement Exercise”
    FRSTF Paper 25 with Annex Briefing on the Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 FRSTF Paper 25 with Annex
    Briefing on the Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012
    FRSTF Paper 26 Briefing on the Occupational Safety and Health Law related to food business licences FRSTF Paper 26
    Briefing on the occupational safety and health law related to food business licences

     

    20 June 2013 (5th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 18 Proposed Measures for Compliance with Fire Safety Requirements of Food Premises FRSTF Paper 18
    Proposed measures for compliance with fire safety requirements of food premises
    FRSTF Paper 19 with Annex Liquor Licensing - Guidelines on Assessing Liquor Licence Applications FRSTF Paper 19 with Annex
    Liquor licensing - guidelines on assessing liquor licence applications
    FRSTF Paper 20 with Annex Progress of the review on Outside Seating Accommodation FRSTF Paper 20 with Annex
    Progress of the review on Outside Seating Accommodation
    FRSTF Paper 21 with Annex Alignment of the fee levels for food business licenses/permits and liquor licences between urban areas and the New Territories FRSTF Paper 21 with Annex
    Alignment of the fee levels for food business licenses/permits and liquor licences between urban areas and the New Territories
    FRSTF Paper 22 with Annex A new Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles FRSTF Paper 22 with Annex
    A new Producer Responsibility Scheme on Glass Beverage Bottles

     

    26 February 2013 (4th meeting)
    FRSTF Paper 13 Review of Liquor Licensing FRSTF Paper 13
    Review of liquor licensing
    FRSTF Paper 14 Implementation Arrangement of Electronic Submission of Application for Food Business Licences and Permits FRSTF Paper 14
    Implementation arrangement of electronic submission of application for food business licences and permits
    FRSTF Paper 15 with Annex Review of Food Business Licence Application Rejection Cases to identify trade's compliance issues – supplementary information FRSTF Paper 15 with Annex
    Review of food business licence application rejection cases to identify trade's compliance issues – supplementary information
    FRSTF Paper 16 Progress of the Establishment of Performance Pledge for Layout Alteration FRSTF Paper 16
    Progress of the establishment of performance pledge for layout alteration
    FRSTF Paper 17 Latest Arrangement for Cancellation of Existing Licence FRSTF Paper 17
    Latest arrangement for cancellation of existing licence

If you would like to access Food Business and Related Services Task Force meeting notes/annex(es) issued before 2013, please contact us at bft@effo.gov.hk

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