Standards - the new name for the Regulation Team
The Regulation Team has changed its name to Standards. This better reflects its role in setting standards across the public sector to make sure that all public sector information is accessible and available for re-use by customers.
The Standards Team, through the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI), gives advice and guidance on government information policy. It encourages the public sector to introduce policies and procedures that reflect the good practice in place across government.
Through the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) the Standards Team make sure that public bodies trade in an open, transparent and fair way and that government policy on the re-use of Crown copyright is carried out.
What does HMSO's Standards team do?
The Standards Team is responsible for taking forward HMSO’s role as laid out in the Cross Cutting Review of the Knowledge Economy. This involves two distinct areas of responsibility.
HMSO Information Fair Trader Scheme
The team acts as the regulator of those bodies that have a delegation from the Controller of HMSO to directly license the Crown copyright information (known as Delegated Departments). The system through which HMSO regulates Delegated Departments, and promotes standards within non-Crown bodies, is called the Information Fair Trader Scheme. It aims to ensure that Delegated Departments and non-Crown public sector organisations trade in an open, transparent and fair manner and that government policy on the re-use of Crown copyright is implemented.
Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
The team also acts as the Secretariat and provides research and administrative support for the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, a forum of experts on the supply and re-use of public sector information.
This body was set up by Ministers to recommend ways of increasing the degree to which government information is re-used by the wider-public and the private sectors to maximise the value of government information and stimulate the knowledge economy. In addition the Advisory Panel can comment on the success of the Information Fair Trader Scheme.
If you would like further information about the Information Fair Trader Scheme or the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information please contact us.
HMSO Standards Team