Tailored reviews of public bodies: guidance

This guidance for government departments explains how to carry out tailored reviews of public bodies.



Regular assurance and challenge for good governance and efficiency of public bodies is central to the government’s public bodies transformation programme.

This tailored review guidance sets out the principles for government departments to use when reviewing public bodies. The principles aim to ensure public bodies remain fit for purpose, well governed and properly accountable for what they do.

The guidance offers greater flexibility to departments, so that reviews are proportionate to the size and type of a public body and more flexible in timing and approach.

The scope of tailored reviews includes non-departmental public bodies and now extends to executive agencies and all non-ministerial departments.

Departments continue to lead these reviews and must undertake a tailored review of their public bodies at least once in the lifetime of a Parliament.

Published 7 March 2016
Last updated 17 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added November guidance
  2. First published.