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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:

Making care safer for all: a manifesto for change

We have published our priorities to help the next UK government deliver better and safer care for all.

Professional Standards Authority briefing on the Government consultation on the draft Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates Order

We are publishing this briefing to help explain some of the proposals put forward in the Government consultation on legislation to bring Physician Associates (PAs) and Anaesthesia Associates (AAs) into regulation and some changes we think could help make these reforms a success

Safer care for all - solutions from professional regulation and beyond

A report highlighting some of the biggest challenges affecting the quality and safety of health and social care across the UK today

Reshaping regulation for public protection - Authority view on the Health and Care Bill

In Reshaping regulation for public protection, we set out our views on the Government's proposals on reforming regulation - particularly as they relate to the Health and Care Bill

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.

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What do we mean by right-touch regulation?

Find out more in this short animation.