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Regulatory sandbox

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Our regulatory sandbox is a collaboration between providers, innovators and CQC.

Working together, we can:

  • set out what good quality care means and publish that for the rest of the sector
  • develop the way CQC inspects clinical activities that rely on new innovations
  • register new types of service providers (where they fall within the activities we regulate)
  • provide the regulatory clarity and support required to deploy innovation safely in health and care services

We're also working with the product regulators - MHRA and BSI - to define the boundaries between our respective regulatory functions.

Why CQC is doing this

We're developing policies in this new way to:

  • provide clarity and support to innovators to help deliver high quality care
  • cut the time it takes for CQC to regulate new types of service or new innovations in care
  • work with the sector to make sure our regulatory approach reflects the needs of providers and people who use services

Current rounds

We're considering topics for future rounds where new models of care, service innovations or technologies are emerging. We're particularly interested in where there's the potential to significantly change the way care is delivered - especially where it does not seem to fit well with our current ways of assessing, registering or monitoring services. Please email suggestions to

Closed rounds

This regulatory sandbox round has closed.


Last updated:
04 November 2019


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