Triennial reviews: guidance and schedule

This guidance explains how to carry out triennial reviews of non-departmental public bodies and lists reviews scheduled for 2014 to 2015.



All non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) undergo a substantive review at least once every 3 years. These triennial reviews aim to:

  • challenge the continuing need for individual NDPBs, both their function and their form
  • review the control and governance arrangements

This updated guidance includes:

  • a greater emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness: departments must report on efficiency savings that they have identified through the review
  • more use of combined, or clustered, reviews of bodies to make best use of departmental resources
  • a stronger role for Cabinet Office working with departments to agree the terms of reference and timelines for reviews

A report must be published at the end of each review: see the latest triennial review reports.

Published 18 July 2014
Last updated 9 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated the Triennial Review Programme.
  2. Updated triennial review programme.
  3. Schedule updated.
  4. First published.