The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (the Act) defines the responsibilities involved in the preparation and publication of information standards along with the establishment of information systems. Section 250 of the Act provides the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England the power to publish and information standard. Approval letters will be the mechanism used to demonstrate this, and will be issued to the Standardisation Committee for Care Information (SCCI) who manage the publication of Information Standards Notices (ISNs).
Section 254 of the Act empowers the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England, to direct NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection or analysis of information of a description specified in the direction. These directions are legal instruments, and will be published as they are produced.