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Consultation on proposals to review HSE's Approved Codes of Practice

Code of Practice on consultation

We are committed to best practice in consultation and to the Government’s Code of Practice on consultation. The Code of Practice sets out seven criteria for consultation. These are:

  • When to consult - Formal consultation should take place at a stage when there is scope to influence the policy outcome.
  • Duration - Consultations should normally last for at least 12 weeks with consideration given to longer timescales where feasible and sensible.
  • Clarity of scope and impact - Consultation documents should be clear about the consultation process, what is being proposed, the scope to influence and the expected costs and benefits of the proposals.
  • Accessibility - Consultation exercises should be designed to be accessible to, and clearly targeted at, those people the exercise is intended to reach.
  • The burden of consultation - Keeping the burden of the consultation to a minimum is essential if consultations are to be effective and if consultees’ buy-in to the process is to be obtained.
  • Responsiveness of consultation exercises - Consultation responses should be analysed carefully and clear feedback should be provided to participants following the consultation.
  • Capacity to consult - Officials running consultations should seek guidance in how to run an effective consultation exercise and share what they have learned from the experience.