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The new food Act and annual fee for controls 2022

The new Food Act entered into force on April 21, 2021 and its key changes are related to the fees. In addition to the inspection fees, from the beginning of 2022, the annual fee for controls will be charged, which will fund  advice work. The annual control fee is EUR 150 per year per control object. The fee is not charged to registered primary production sites, village

Monitoring shops and other locations in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act

The City of Helsinki Environmental Services has started inspections and monitoring activities connected to the changes made to the Communicable Diseases Act in week 10 starting on 8 March. The requirements related to the prevention of the spread of coronavirus have a wide-spread impact on private and public operators and the use of private and public spaces. Food inspectors conduct inspections for example in grocery stores and shopping malls. The Regional State Administrative Agency remains in charge of monitoring restaurants in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act.

Hygiene practices and adherence to instructions concerning safe distances are inspected in connection with normal monitoring activities. In addition to this, inspections will also be carried out based on an epidemiological assessment and upon request by the Regional State Administrative Agency.

All customer premises must:

  • provide customers with the opportunity to clean their hands either by washing or using hand sanitiser
  • have sufficient hygiene instructions on display
  • position any customer seating according to sufficient safe distances and otherwise arrange sufficiently spacious customer areas so that safe distances may be observed
  • increase the cleaning of the premises and any surfaces.
  • display a written plan on how sufficient distances of the customers can be maintained. The requirement applies to public interior spaces that occupy 10 people or more. A template of the plan and answers to frequently asked questions are on Regional State Administrative Agencies website (link below).

Regional State Administrative Agencies have compiled questions and answers related to the requirements in the Communicable Diseases Act on their website (in Finnish). The Regional State Administrative Agency also maintains a COVID-19 service where you may request further information on the interpretation of the Communicable Diseases Act in terms of companies:, telephone number: +358 (0)295 016 666, Mon–Fri 8–11:30 am and 12:30–4 pm.

You can submit feedback on Communicable Diseases Act requirements applied to locations in Helsinki at

05.09.2022 14:54