The Technology Code of Practice is a set of criteria to help government design, build and buy technology.
You should use the TCoP for all of your technology projects or programmes. Consider each point, align your project or programme with the mandatory points, and follow as many of the remaining points as is practical. You’ll get the most benefit by aligning your organisation’s technology and business strategies to the Technology Code of Practice.
Each point contains guidance and links to case studies to help you migrate from legacy infrastructure and manage the full lifecycle of your technology.
Use the TCoP during the spend controls process
You must consider all points of the TCoP as part of the Cabinet Office spend control process. If your project or programme needs spend control approval you should contact the CDDO Assurance team at email@example.com for guidance with the approvals process.
Where legacy technology limits your ability to adhere to the TCoP, you must explain this to the CDDO Assurance team.
1. Define user needs
Understand your users and their needs. Develop knowledge of your users and what that means for your technology project or programme.
2. Make things accessible and inclusive
Make sure your technology, infrastructure and systems are accessible and inclusive for all users.
3. Be open and use open source
Publish your code and use open source software to improve transparency, flexibility and accountability.
4. Make use of open standards
Build technology that uses open standards to ensure your technology works and communicates with other technology, and can easily be upgraded and expanded.
5. Use cloud first
Consider using public cloud solutions first as stated in the Cloud First policy.
6. Make things secure
Keep systems and data safe with the appropriate level of security.
7. Make privacy integral
Make sure users rights are protected by integrating privacy as an essential part of your system.
8. Share, reuse and collaborate
Avoid duplicating effort and unnecessary costs by collaborating across government and sharing and reusing technology, data, and services.
9. Integrate and adapt technology
Your technology should work with existing technologies, processes and infrastructure in your organisation, and adapt to future demands.
10. Make better use of data
Use data more effectively by improving your technology, infrastructure and processes.
11. Define your purchasing strategy
Your purchasing strategy must show you’ve considered commercial and technology aspects, and contractual limitations.
12. Make your technology sustainable
Increase sustainability throughout the lifecycle of your technology.
13. Meet the Service Standard
If you’re building a service as part of your technology project or programme you will also need to meet the Service Standard
Who to contact for help
CDDO Assurance team
You can email for help with:
- implementing the Technology Code of Practice
- designing an appropriate strategy for breaking up large systems and services
- evaluating the maturity of the technology market you want to buy from
- identifying opportunities to use common government platforms and components
Crown Commercial Service
You can email for help with buying commodity services through procurement frameworks.