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

6 Aug 2014
In April 2012, a UK public consultation sought feedback from those with an interest in the policy of standardised packaging for tobacco products
29 May 2013
The Department of Environment (NI) recently sought views on the need for a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill.
11 Mar 2013
The Programme for Government 2011-15 commits the Executive to “publish and implement a Childcare Strategy with key actions to provide integrated and affordable childcare.”      The Executive’s vision for childcare is:
27 Feb 2013
The UK Statistics Authority are currently re-assessing Reported Road Casualties Statistics produced by the Department for Transport for England, Scotland and Wales. Key points from IPH response
15 Jan 2013
The 'Transforming Your Care (TYC)' consultation relates to proposals for changes in the delivery of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland in the context of the TYC report published in December 2011. TYC is about making changes to ensure safe, high quality and sustainable services for patients, service users and staff. TYC sets out proposals in respect of how health and social services will need to adapt and be organised to best meet the needs associated with population ageing, increasing long-term conditions and other challenges.
12 Nov 2012
This consultation was intended to test public opinion on proposed changes to the law regulating the sale of alcohol in Northern Ireland. The proposed changes relate to
29 Oct 2012
The Urban Regeneration and Community Development Policy Framework for Northern Ireland sets out for DSD and its partners, clear priorities for urban regeneration and community development programmes, both before and after the operational responsibility for these is transferred to councils under the reform of local government.