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

18 Oct 2012
In October 2012 IPH published its consultation response to the Draft Road Traffic (Drink Driving) Bill in the context of reducing the number of alcohol related road deaths and serious injuries. Background
28 Sep 2012
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety invited submissions on the development of a new ten-year Breastfeeding Strategy for Northern Ireland 2012-2022 between May and September 2012. The draft Breastfeeding Strategy 2012 – 2022 proposes further action in relation to breastfeeding and aims to protect, promote, support and normalise breastfeeding within the population of Northern Ireland.
3 Sep 2012
The current prevalence of dementia and its associated economic and social burden presents a challenge for the configuration of dementia care services at present and it is clear that this challenge will become ever more urgent as a consequence of p
13 Aug 2012
IPH welcomed the opportunity to submit our views on the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products in the United Kingdom.
8 Aug 2012
From 2016, it will be mandatory for most pre-packed food to carry nutrition labelling.  This provides an opportunity to review the provision of additional nutrition labelling that is provided voluntarily on the front of packs.  The Governments across the UK are committed to the provision of nutritional information to help consumers make better informed food choices.
27 Jul 2012
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.
10 Jun 2012
IPH submitted their views on the Draft BAI General and Commercial Communications Code. IPH previously submitted views to the BAI in the first phase of consultation (Oct 2011). The final code will regulate the advertising of food and non-alcoholic beverages that are high in fat, salt or sugar on Irish television channels. The submission sets out approaches to appropriate scheduling and content restrictions as well as to possible exemptions.
6 Jun 2012
The Department of Health is developing a Health and Wellbeing policy to improve the health of the population and reduce health inequalities by addressing causes of preventable illnesses. The Policy Framework is at an advanced stage with a number of background analytical documents prepared and published on the Department website to allow views to be incorporated into final drafts.
7 May 2012
IPH responded to the Department for Social Development consultation on the banning of certain promotions that may encourage irresponsible and excessive drinking. The consultation relates to regulations Article 57A(2)(d) of the 1996 Licensing Order “involving the supply of unlimited amounts of intoxicating liquor for a fixed charge (including any charge for entry to the premises)” and Article 31A(2)(d) of the Registration of Clubs Order “restricting the price at which the holder of a licence or the licence holder’s servant or agent may sell on licensed premises a package containing two or more intoxicating liquor products”.