Policy paper

DH and CQC framework agreement

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Defines the important elements of the relationship between the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).



This document describes

  • roles and responsibilities
  • lines of accountability
  • governance arrangements

It sets out how the department is assured that CQC’s role is being fulfilled efficiently, effectively and in line with the department’s and wider government’s financial procedures.

The agreement includes Healthwatch England, which is a statutory committee of CQC.