Scores on the doors’ (SOTD) schemes are intended to assess food businesses against legal compliance. This is commonly an assessment against three parts of the Inspection Rating Scheme, namely, hygiene compliance, confidence in management/control systems and structural hygiene. A certificate is given to the business after a routine hygiene inspection and displayed on the window, door or a public access area of the premise.

The ultimate aim of the evaluation was to inform FSA decisions on a national SOTD scheme. This evaluation provided information from the period to end of 2007 of current schemes regarding:

The evaluation included:

A national SOTD scheme could be recommended on the grounds that:

The evidence available to this evaluation provided a basis to offer some recommendations on features of a scheme,

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