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Assurance and appraisal


February 2017: Strengthening the governance of information standards and data collections across health and care

The Department of Health, in liaison with its Arm's Length Bodies, is making changes to the national governance arrangements for the assurance and approval of information standards, data collections and extractions.

Coming into effect from 1 April 2017 these changes include:

  • the establishment of a new executive decision making authority - the Data Coordination Board
  • the consequential closure of the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) - its approval functions will transfer to the Data Coordination Board
  • realignment of the approvals process, to reflect the role of the Data Coordination Board in providing both the initial approval to proceed and the final approval to publish
  • improvements to the assurance process, to provide greater speed, flexibility and agility, while maintaining the quality and functionality of information standards, data collections and extractions.

These changes will lead to more effective implementation and uptake of information standards, data collections and extractions, while providing assurance to health and care providers that concerns around legality, safety, burden and general implementability have been addressed.

While the exact nature of the changes is being finalised, some things won't be changing:

  • Information Standards Notices will continue to be published
  • the quality of standards and collections, and the published documents, will not be reduced - if anything, the enhanced assurance process should increase quality.

Further information on how these changes impact upon the development of information standards, data collections and extractions, please see our pdf icon guidance for Developers [151kb].

More information will be available as the detail of the changes is decided. In the meantime, questions can be addressed by your normal NHS Digital contact or sent through by email to

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