Winding up has been underway since 1 April this year when responsibility for the regulation of hearing aid dispensers was transferred to the Health Professions Council (HPC). The decision to close the Council was announced in 2005 in response to recommendations made by the Hampton Report on Regulatory Inspections and Enforcement. It concluded that the overall number of regulating authorities should be rationalised.
Consumer Minister Edward Davey said:
“I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Hearing Aid Council over the last 40 years. In recent months the staff have also worked professionally to prepare industry, consumers and stakeholders for the transfer of powers to the Health Professions Council.
“The Government is committed to reducing the number and costs of quangos. Steps to abolish the Hearing Aid Council precede the current Government, but its abolition is nevertheless a small step towards that commitment. The public are better protected and the financial burden on industry has been substantially reduced.”
Notes to editors:
1) The Hearing Aid Council (HAC) have been the statutory regulator of hearing aid dispensers in the private sector since 1968 and operated as an Executive Non-Departmental public body from 2003. The Hampton Report on Regulatory Inspections and Enforcement in 2005 recommended that the HAC be abolished and its regulatory powers transferred elsewhere.
2) On 1 April 2010, those regulatory powers transferred to the Health Professions Council (HPC). Since April the HAC has existed as an administrative body only (with no regulatory powers) to enable itself to be wound up effectively. That winding-up period ends with the HAC’s abolition on 1 August 2010.
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