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Regulation of further groups

This section includes information about groups that may be registered by the HCPC in the future.

This area of our work is often dependent upon changes in Government policy so will be updated on a regular basis to reflect any changes. If you require any further information please email policy@hcpc-uk.org or call 0207 840 9815.


In February 2011, the Government published the Command Paper ‘Enabling Excellence – Autonomy and Accountability for Healthcare Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Workers’. This document sets out the current Government’s policy on regulation, including its approach to extending regulation to new groups. In particular, it sets out the Government’s policy that, in the future, statutory regulation will only be considered in ‘exceptional circumstances’ where there is a ‘compelling case’ and where voluntary registers, such as those maintained by professional bodies and other organisations, are not considered sufficient to manage the risk involved.

The paper also outlines a system of what is called ‘assured voluntary registration’. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has implemented a number of the policies described in the Command Paper. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care now has powers to accredit voluntary registers of people working in a variety of health and social care occupations. The idea behind this to provide assurance to the public that these registers are well run and that they require their registrants to meet high standards.



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