Legislation and Standards Working Group

 This section of ARA responsible for responding to formal consultationson local, national and international legislation and standards that impacton our membership and the wider record-keeping professions.

Legislation and Standards Working Group 

The Legislation and Standards Working Group (LSWG) is the section of ARA responsible for responding to formal consultations on local, national and international legislation and standards that impact on our membership and the wider record-keeping professions. 

There are presently eight members who meet four times a year to discuss current issues and pending consultations. Three meetings are by teleconference and there is one face-to-face meeting. We monitor impending national and international legislation and standards that are developed by a range of bodies including local and central government, devolved administrations, quangos, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the European Union. Our current members are drawn from England, Scotland and Wales and, as a whole, the group represents ARA’s membership in the international archives community.

We respond to a wide range of consultations. As well as those which relate to copyright, data protection and freedom of information, we also respond to those which relate to other intellectual properties, particular records sets and other information rights.  In the last six months, LSWG has responded to the following consultations on ARA’s behalf:

  • Protecting Personal Health and Care Data (UK Government)
  • Role of the Lord Chancellor (Lords Constitution Committee)
  • Inquiry into Manorial Rights (UK Government)
  • Devolution, Democracy and Delivery (Welsh Government White Paper)
  • Information Tribunal (Senior President of Tribunals)
  • Transposing Amendments to the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (UK Government / The National Archives)
  • Directive on Professional Qualifications (European Union).

Over the last year, members of the group also contributed significantly to the work being done on the draft European Data Protection Regulations.

Legislation, standards, codes of practice. Whether or not they originate in Europe, the UK or in local areas, they all have the power to alter the way in which our professions operate. It is therefore essential that the views of those who work in and run our record-keeping services are heard. 

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