Consultations

DH: A call for evidence (by 27 July 2012) on how procurement in the NHS can be transformed has been issued.  Views & contributions are being sought from the NHS, industry, other government departments, the academic, scientific & third sectors and social care. This could include actions for the Department of Health, wider government, industry, the NHS Commissioning Board, other National bodies, the NHS, or other sectors.
Press release & links ~ CBI comment
 
DHKeeping track of what you eat and choosing healthier foods could be made easier thanks to a UK-wide consultation (closes on 6 August 2012) launched recently. UK health ministers want to see all food manufacturers & retailers use the same system to show – on the front of packs – how much fat, salt & sugar, and how many calories are in their products.
Press release & links
 
EU NewsIndustrial innovation is one of the key drivers to improve our competitiveness.  This is why the Commission has launched a new public consultation, which is meant to provide input for the mid-term review of the industrial policy communication planned for September 2012.  The public consultation runs until 7 August 2012.  A summary report will be published on the public consultation webpage.
Press release & links
 
ICO: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has begun a public consultation (closes on 23 August 2012) on a new anonymisation code of practice.  The code will provide guidance on how information can be successfully anonymised and how to assess the risks of identification.  A final version of the ‘Anonymisation Code of Practice’ is due for publication in September 2012.

The consultation will be relevant to any organisation that wants to release anonymised data, for example under the government’s open data agenda.  

The ICO has also launched a tendering process to establish a network of experts to share best practice around the release of data in an anonymised form
Press release & links
 
WAG: The Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert has launched the initial findings of the Review of Qualifications for 14 to19-year-olds, for consultation. Following this consultation and further evidence gathering, the Board will submit its final report & recommendations to the Deputy Minister by the end of 2012.
 
You can take part in the consultation by submitting your responses to the questions raised.  In addition, you can apply to present your views to the Review Board in person, by attending the evidence day on 11 July 2012 in Newtown.  The closing date for responses is 1 September 2012.
Press release & links
 
FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is consulting on rules to ensure investors taking out a retail investment product such as a personal pension or a life policy receive a realistic indication of potential future returns & charges.
 
Send the FSA your responses to Chapter 2 by 29 June 2012 and to Chapters 3 & 4 by 31 August.  Responses to Chapter 5 should be sent direct to the FRC.
Press release & links
 
EU News: The European Commission is inviting comments on the application of EU state aid rules to the public funding of broadband networks. Comments on the draft guidelines should be submitted by 3 September 2012. On the basis of the comments received, the Commission intends to adopt definitive Broadband Guidelines in December 2012.
Press release & links
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