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Right-touch regulation

Right-touch regulation describes the approach we adopt in the work we do. We encourage others to adopt it too. It is not 'light-touch' regulation. It means looking at the level of risk to the public and identifying the most proportionate means to counter that risk. We published the first version of Right-touch regulation in 2010 and then revised it in 2015. Find all our publications related to right-touch regulation below:

Three things to get right for public protection - government consultation on reforming regulation

What are the three things the government needs to get right to protect the public in its current consultation? Find out more in our short Top three report

Learning from Covid-19: a case-study review

Our Covid-19 lessons learned review uses case studies to look at how the 10 UK health and social care regulators responded to the initial crisis caused by the pandemic in 2020

Professional Standards Authority - first look at Government consultation on reforming regulation

We publish our initial thoughts on the Government's consultation on 'Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public' - our short report sets out our concerns about the potential for some of the proposals to inadvertently create a gap in public protection

Right-touch regulation in practice: international perspectives

A publication bringing together authors from international organisations explaining how they have applied the principles of right-touch regulation to help them overcome the problems and challenges faced by their organisations

Right-touch reform - a new framework for assurance of professions

The third in our series of publications about the need for reform which should assist people responding to the government consultation on reform of professional regulation

Right-touch assurance: a methodology for assessing and assuring occupational risk of harm

We have developed a new tool to assess risk of harm presented by different health and care occupations, published in October 2016.

Regulation rethought

Our proposals for a transformation of the regulation of health and care professionals, published in October 2016.

Right-touch regulation 2015

In 2015 we published our revised version of our 2010 Right-touch regulation paper. The core principles remain the same, but we have expanded on areas and provided more clarity.

Rethinking regulation 2015

Our thoughts on future regulation

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What do we mean by right-touch regulation?

Find out more in this short animation.