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Information Governance Toolkit

Version 13

About this information standard

This release introduces a change to the information standard SCCI0086, formerly approved by the Information Standards Board for health and Social Care (ISB).

The Information Governance Toolkit is a Department of Health (DH) policy delivery vehicle that NHS Digital is commissioned to develop and maintain. It draws together the legal rules and central guidance set out by DH policy and presents them in a single standard as a set of information governance requirements. The organisations in scope of this are required to carry out self-assessments of their compliance against the IG requirements.

The IGT has two functional aspects:

  1. To provide interpretative advice and guidance.
  2. To provide NHS organisations with a means of self-assessing performance against key aspects of information governance across six initiatives or work areas:
  • Information Governance management
  • confidentiality and data protection assurance
  • information security assurance
  • clinical information assurance
  • secondary uses assurance
  • corporate information assurance.

This information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. An Information Standards Notice (see below) provides an overview of scope and implementation timescales, and the Specification and Implementation Documents provide further detail for those who have to implement the information standard.

Update: June 2016: Version 14 was submitted by the developers or assurance by SCCI. After scrutiny, the SCCI Impact Assessment Panel (IAP) determined that due to the minimal changes proposed there was no requirement to take the release through assurance. Changes would be incorporated into the next full release's documentation.

Current release

Release date22/07/2015
Release numberAmd 5/2015
Key documents
Further informationNHS Digital IG Toolkit
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