Hospital fees

Catering challenges differ from sector to sector. For this reason, the Food for Life Served Here standards handbooks and fees have been tailored to each of the key sectors that hold the award.

The certification fees are based on the cost of an annual inspection and a membership fee for each site covered by the award. The certification fees cover:

  • Support from a Food for Life Served Here Development Manager in your region, a Certification Officer based at our head office and the rest of the Food for Life Served Here team
  • Annual inspection from one of our expert independent inspectors
  • An invitation to our annual awards ceremony
  • Independent endorsement from Soil Association Certification that your meals are fresh, seasonal and better for animal welfare
  • Your organisation's membership of the UK's fastest growing best practice award for caterers
  • Use of the Food for Life Served Here logo and all relevant Soil Association Certification marketing materials and messaging

Download the NHS Hospitals fee information and non-NHS fee information.


How are Food for Life Served Here Award fees decided?
The certification fees for the Food for Life Served Here Award are based on the amount of work it takes to carry out an inspection and to service the award throughout the year.

Do I have to pay my fee in one lump sum?

Not always, but most caterers do. However, fees can be paid in six monthly instalments by way of a credit agreement from Premium Credit. Please note this involves an additional charge of 3.75% of the total value of the invoice and a credit check may be required.


Fees for Hospitals

The fee is made up of two elements, a certification fee and membership fee and is payable on application, and then annually:

Certification Fee - Inspection, report and verification: £780


Membership fee for NHS hospital: £310

Membership fee for non-NHS hospital per site: £147.50

All fees are subject to VAT.

If you are a Trust providing meals to multiple settings (for example health and care settings) from the same site/kitchen then we can offer a 25% discount on each additional £780 inspection fee for other settings.