Our Role

The Agricultural and Food Supply Chain Act 2023 outlines the functions given to An Rialálaí Agraibhia (Agri-Food Regulator) under the following headings:

  • Fairness and transparency in the agri-food supply chain - in exercising this function, the Agri-Food Regulator will have regard to the circumstances and needs of the agricultural and food sector including, in particular farming, fishing and small food businesses;
  • Information and engagement - the Agri-Food Regulator will publish analysis of information about price and market data relating to the agri-food supply chain;
  • Compliance with unfair trading law - the Agri-Food Regulator is responsible for enhancing understanding of and compliance with agri-food unfair trading law;
  • Enforcement of unfair trading law - the Agri-Food Regulator is responsible for enforcing agri-food unfair trading law and is the designated Enforcement Authority as required under Directive (EU) 2019/633;
  • Guidelines - the Agri-Food Regulator may, for the purpose of protecting supplier interests, publish guidelines for buyers about supplier protection and trading practices, whether generally or in a particular trade, business or professional sector;
  • Review of codes - the Agri-Food Regulator may review codes of practice submitted;
  • Information and advice - the Agri-Food Regulator can provide advice to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine about (a) the agricultural and food sector, and (b) agri-food unfair trading law;
  • Consideration of legislation - the Minister may consult the Agri-Food Regulator regarding proposals for legislation relating to any aspect of fairness and transparency in the agri-food supply chain.