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Time for a change? Should our Standards of Good Regulation remain the same or do they need to be updated? We have just launched a consultation to find out

The Professional Standards Authority has today issued a consultation paper about its Standards of Good Regulation. The Standards of Good Regulation help us assess how well the nine health and social care regulators are protecting the public. We have been using them for 10 years and they were last reviewed in 2010. Last year we updated our performance review process to make it more proportionate and in line with our principles around right-touch regulation. Now we need to know if the Standards we use as part of this process need to be revised or replaced.   

We have already been in touch with the regulators and other key parties to gather their thoughts and suggestions which have fed into this consultation document.

The paper suggests a number of areas in which the Standards could be modified. It also suggests an alternative, principles-based approach which would create a set of new Standards based around the principles of good regulation which would enable the Authority to look beyond the existing four regulatory core functions (guidance and standards, education and training, registration, and fitness to practise of registrants).

We are keen to hear from the regulators and all other stakeholders with views about what we should be looking at when assessing the regulators’ performance.

Mark Stobbs, the Authority’s Director of Scrutiny and Quality, said:

“The Standards of Good Regulation have been in their present form since 2010. They set out our key expectations from the regulators. The regulatory world has moved on considerably since then and we want to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. I hope that everyone with an interest in ensuring good, proportionate, patient-focused regulation will let us have their views.”

The deadline for responses is 12 September 2017. Details about the consultation and how to respond are available on our website.


Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Christine Braithwaite, Director Standards and Policy
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Reception: 020 7389 8030


Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (previously known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. The Standards of Good Regulation is the tool that we use to assess regulators’ performance.The existing Standards can be found at:
  4. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  5. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  7. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  8.  More information about our work and the approach we take is available at