About us

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) is an independent scientific advisory body that looks at industrial injuries benefit and how it is administered.

We give independent advice to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.

IIAC does not deal with industrial injuries benefit claims.
Go to www.gov.uk/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit

Our responsibilities

To help us to do our work, we consider published independent medical and scientific research, and information from relevant bodies. Our responsibilities are to:

  • make recommendations to update the list of diseases and the occupations that cause them for which Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can be paid
  • draft papers for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to present in Parliament, where legislative changes to the Industrial Injuries Scheme are proposed
  • scrutinise proposed regulations relating to industrial injuries benefit or its administration

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Our priorities

From 2020 to 2021, our priorities are to:

  • ensure the advice we give about the Industrial Injuries Scheme is impartial, evidence-based, effective, credible and timely

  • continue the council’s work programme

Our work programme will include:

  • cancer in firefighters

  • coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential occupational impact

  • neurodegenerative brain disease in ex-footballers

  • silica and respiratory diseases

Read the IIAC work programme: at-a-glance progress report (July 2020) (ODS, 6.34KB).

Following concerns raised by members of the Council, IIAC has begun an investigation to determine if there is a link between occupation and COVID-19. This investigation will initially focus on data from the Office for National Statistics and the emerging published scientific literature in this field. This is at an early stage and members are engaging with other interested bodies who may be able to help inform its investigation. Media enquiries should be directed to iiac@dwp.gov.uk.

Who we are

The council usually has 17 members, including the chair. It includes:

  • independent members with relevant specialist skills
  • representatives of employees
  • representatives of employers

Independent members currently include doctors, scientists and a legal member.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions decides how many members to appoint to the council. It must include equal numbers of representatives of employees and employers (Social Security Administration Act 1992, Schedule 6).

The council doesn’t have any staff of its own but DWP provides a small administrative team. The council holds an annual public meeting in a different place in the UK each year. Other council meetings are usually held in DWP offices.

Read about the history of IIAC (PDF, 38.1KB, 2 pages).

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