The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) sets health policy in England but is advised by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the Chief Medical Officer of England.

Health policy is largely devolved, for example DHSC, Scottish Government and Welsh Government each have their own obesity policies.

There are differing policies in each country for restricting promotions of certain food and drinks, sale of energy drinks to under 16s, school and nursery food, and within the out of home environment.  However, on issues such as reformulation and mandatory fortification, Governments from respective countries tend to work together for practical reasons to prevent trade barriers. 

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy and food and drink advertising codes apply across the UK, although counties can introduce measures that go over and above what is in the codes. Nutrition labelling is currently subject to EU rules, but plans are in place to change this to a pan-UK competency.

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