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The road to regulatory reform

The road to regulatory reform - key milestones

Regulation of professions as we know it has evolved in a piecemeal fashion over the past 150 years. From medieval guilds to the emergence of Victorian-era professional bodies focusing as much on the interests of the trade as on the quality of the service.  


So how did we get to where we are now?

Here are some of the key milestones that have shaped regulation as we know it today (click each date and heading to find out more about the key events):

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Read our full document explaining in more detail the developments and changes in regulatory reform over the last 20 years:

Read our short report 

What has been achieved in professional regulation? This was our short report looking back at key developments and our work.