Regulators: A key reference list

The UK Regulators Network is a member group where regulators join together to share knowledge and innovation, explore cross-cutting issues and build better ways of working for the benefit of consumers and the economy. The thirteen members are:

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills defined the following list of regulators covered by the Regulators Code in 2014.

  • Specified regulatory functions exercised by local authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • All regulatory functions exercised by fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales.
  • Homes and Communities Agency regulatory functions relevant to the Housing and Regeneration Act.
  • Regulatory functions designated by Secretary of State relevant to the Companies Act.
  • All regulatory functions relevant to Money Laundering Regulations exercised by the professional bodies listed below:

Association of Accounting Technicians

General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Insolvency Practitioners Association

Association of International Accountants

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Association of Taxation Technicians

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Institute of Financial Accountants

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

International Association of Bookkeepers

Faculty of Advocates

Law Society

Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Law Society of Northern Ireland

General Council of the Bar

Law Society of Scotland

  • Specified regulatory functions exercised by Ministers* and bodies**

Every effort has been made by the Institute to extend this list to make it as comprehensive as possible, however it should not be used as a definitive list. Allocation has been to the most relevant category although they may be relevant across multiple. As per the asterisks noted above, regulators referenced in the Code are readily identified.

Animal health and welfare

  • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency*
  • Animals in Science Regulation Unit*
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate*

Business and finance


  • British Board of Film Classification
  • British Hallmarking Council**
  • Claims Management Regulation Unit**
  • Companies House (England and Wales)**
  • Companies House (Northern Ireland)**
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Employment Agency and Standards Directorate*
  • Engineering Council
  • Financial Conduct Authority**
  • Financial Reporting Council*
  • Food Standards Agency**
  • Gambling Commission**
  • Groceries Code Adjudicator**
  • Health and Safety Executive**
  • Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (so far as they relate to functions conferred by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007)**
  • Independent Monitor for the Press (IMPRESS)
  • Independent Press Standards Organisation
  • Information Commissioner**
  • Insolvency Service including Insolvency Practitioner Unit*
  • Intellectual Property Office*
  • National Measurement and Regulation Office*
  • Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
  • Pensions Regulator**
  • Prudential Regulation Authority**
  • The Birmingham Assay Office**
  • The Edinburgh Assay Office**
  • The London Assay Office**
  • The Sheffield Assay Office**


  • Charity Commission for England and Wales**
  • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
  • Fundraising Regulator
  • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator


  • General Teaching Councils for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Ofqual – Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation
  • Ofsted - Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills
  • OfS - Office for Students


  • Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Fish Health Inspectorate*
  • English Heritage**
  • Environment Agency**
  • Food and Environment Research Agency*
  • Forestry Commission**
  • Marine Management Organisation**
  • Natural England**
  • Natural Resources Body for Wales**
  • Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Rural Payments Agency*
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency


  • Care Quality Commission**
  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
  • General Chiropractic Council
  • General Dental Council
  • General Medical Council
  • General Osteopathic Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Healthcare Inspectorate Wales
  • Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
  • Human Tissue Authority**
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency*
  • Monitor**
  • NHS Improvement
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care


  • Homes and Communities Agency**
  • Regulator of Social Housing**
  • Scottish Housing Regulator


  • Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board
  • Bar Standards Board
  • CILEx Regulation
  • Commission for Equality and Human Rights**
  • Costs Lawyer Standards Board
  • Council for Licenced Conveyancers
  • Disclosure and Barring Service**
  • Faculty of Advocates
  • Forensic Science Regulator
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority**
  • Law Society of Northern Ireland
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Legal Services Board**
  • Masters of the Faculties
  • Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
  • Planning Inspectorate England and Wales
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

Social care

  • Care Council for Wales**
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council
  • Scottish Care Inspectorate
  • Scottish Social Services Council
  • Social Work England


  • Civil Aviation Authority**
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority*
  • Driving Standards Agency*
  • Highways Agency*
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency*
  • Office of Rail and Road
  • Traffic Commissioners**
  • Vehicle and Operator Services Agency*
  • Vehicle Certification Agency*


  • Coal Authority**
  • Drinking Water Inspectorate*
  • Ofcom
  • Office for Nuclear Regulation*
  • Ofgen
  • Ofwat
  • Oil and Gas Authority
  • The Utility Regulator – Northern Ireland
  • Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland


  • Commission of Irish Lighthouses*
  • National Counter Terrorism Security Office*
  • Northern Lighthouse Board*
  • Security Industry Authority*
  • Sports Ground Safety Authority**
  • Trinity House Lighthouse Services*

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