Consultation responses


Public consultation is an important component of best practice in the policy-making process. Effective consultation processes can contribute to accountability in the policy making process, better quality policy decisions and enhanced engagement with policy implementation built upon participation in policy design. Access information on how to find government consultations from across the island here.

IPH regularly respond to relevant policy consultations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and, when relevant, internationally. This is one of the ways in which IPH influences public policy to protect and improve population health and reduce health inequalities on the island. 

We strive to develop consultation responses that are clear, accessible and evidence-based. As well as responding to consultations undertaken by lead health departments and agencies, we also respond to consultations by other sectors where we identify a clear public health concern. In this way, IPH consultation responses contribute towards a health in all policies approach on the island of Ireland. 

We subject our work in the area of consultation responses to processes of annual review and continuous quality development. We welcome feedback on our consultation responses. 

Our most recent consultation responses are listed below and can be searched by keyword and/or year. Links to the original consultation document, reports on consultation responses and final strategy/policy documents are also provided. 

Information on all European consultations can now be sourced at the Your Voice in Europe website

For further information, please contact Arlene McKay at +44 (0)28 9064 8494 or email

3 May 2016
IPH response to the consultation on Draft Annual Indicators for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the ‘Active Ageing Strategy 2016 - 2021’ 
1 Apr 2016
The UK Chief Medical Officers commissioned an expert group to consider whether previous alcohol guidelines should be updated. The group reviewed the scientific evidence about the levels and types of health harm that alcohol can cause, depending on how much and how often people drink. The Chief Medical Officers have accepted the advice from the expert group as the basis for their new guidelines across the UK. The purpose of the consultation was to determine if the recommendations, and the reasons behind them, are clear and easy to understand and to ensure the new guidelines are as practical and useful as possible.  
29 Mar 2016
The Health Research Authority and devolved administrations are developing a new UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research which sets out the high-level principles of good practice in the management and conduct of health and social care research in the UK, as well as the responsibilities that underpin high-quality ethical research. This new policy framework aims to help make the UK an even better place to do research. It is aimed at all those responsible for health and social care research in the UK.  
30 Mar 2015
IPH welcomes the opportunity to comment on Heads of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. International evidence supports these regulatory measures in addressing alcohol consumption and related harm. The World Health Organization has strongly endorsed the use of such public health legislation to regulate the availability of alcohol as a means to reduce alcohol-related harm (WHO, 2010). This Bill will have important implications in terms of addressing a wide range of alcohol-related harms and improving population health.
2 Jan 2015
In September 2014 the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety sought views on a Strategy for Health and Social Care Research and Development in Northern Ireland. The strategy sets out the DHSSPS’s commitment to support research, researchers and the use of evidence from research to improve the quality of both health and social care and for better policy-making. It describes the ambition to increase investment in R&D by competing successfully for R&D funding, with all the benefits that brings.  
21 Nov 2014
The Department for Regional Development (DRD) has developed a Draft Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland which sets out, over a 25 year period, how DRD plans to make Northern Ireland a cycling community.