Guidance

Technology Code of Practice

Government organisations must follow these guidelines for how to design, build and buy technology.

Documents

Technology Code of Practice - ODT format

This file is in an OpenDocument format

Technology Code of Practice - PDF format

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email accessibleformats@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Details

The Technology Code of Practice is a set of criteria to help government design, build and buy better technology. It’s used as a cross-government agreed standard in the spend control process.

The Technology Code of Practice was revised in 2017 based on user research and cross-government consultation.

The previous versions can be viewed in the UK Government Web Archive:

Published 22 August 2016
Last updated 26 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Changed the title of the page from 'Technology Code of Practice: related guidance' to 'Technology Code of Practice: collection of related topics'
  2. structure and language amendments
  3. Make the requirement for open code explicit in point 3, as well as implicit in point 9.
  4. Updated email address for GDS standards assurance team.
  5. First published.