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The new Standards of Good Regulation

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We now have a new set of Standards of Good Regulation

Following the two consultations we ran, our Board agreed the revised Standards in November 2018. We have been piloting them throughout 2019 and are now ready to introduce them for the 2019/20 review cycle. 


How do we use the Standards of Good Regulation?

We review the work of the 10 health and care regulators. They ‘register’ health and care professionals working in occupations that Parliament has said must be regulated. We review each regulator on a 12-month rolling basis and we use the Standards of Good Regulation as a benchmark to assess their performance. We use the Standards to help the regulators improve their performance. Find out more about our performance review process.


What is the difference between the new and old Standards?

The new Standards continue to measure the regulators' four core functions: guidance and standards, education and training, registration, and fitness to practise. However, the new Standards have been reduced and rationalised. We now have 18 Standards instead of 24. We have also introduced a set of General Standards to take out some of the duplication that was present in the 24 Standards. We also want to encourage more flexibility and agility in the regulators so some of the wording in the new Standards is less prescriptive.


Read how the regulators are meeting the Standards in their individual performance reviews - the latest ones are available in our performance review section.

Watch our short explainer

Find out more about the revised Standards in this short animation

The Standards in action

Read through one of our performance review reports or a summary in our snapshots to see how we use the Standards of Good Regulation to help us ensure that the the regulators are protecting the public. The Standards set the outcomes of good regulation and how good regulation should protect the public.

Related material

This evidence framework is the one we used for our second consultation. It will be updated as part of the pilot process:

Responses received to the first consultation

Read the summary of responses we received to the first consultation on reviewing our Standards of Good Regulation.