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Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)  

Independent, self-regulatory body for non-broadcast advertisements in the UK. Administers the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion to ensure that ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful.

British Board of Film Censors (BBFC)  

An independent body which originally established by the film industry in 1912. Local authorities have statutory powers to control safety standards in cinemas but generally accept the decisions of the Board.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)  

The UK's specialist aviation regulator with specific responsibilities for air safety, economic regulation, airspace regulation, consumer protection and environmental research and consultancy.

Claims Management Regulator  

We're a unit of the Ministry of Justice and we regulate the companies that offer a service for people hoping to claim compensation for personal injury, mis-sold financial products and services, employment and redundancy, criminal injury, industrial injury, housing disrepair

Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP)  

Industry body that creates, revises and enforces the British Codes of Advertising and Sales Promotion – the rules that apply to non-broadcast advertising in the UK. The Codes are endorsed and administered independently by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Direct Marketing Authority  

Independent, self-regulatory body for the direct marketing industry in the UK.

Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI)  

Regulates public water supplies in England and Wales.

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)  

We supervise the conduct of over 50,000 firms, and regulate the prudential standards of those firms not covered by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Gambling Commission  

Non-departmental public body regulating casinos, bingo, gaming machines and lotteries. Set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to take over the role previously played by the Gaming Board for Great Britain.

Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS)  

Industry-funded regulatory body for all premium rate charged telecommunications services

Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency  

Government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.

National House-Building Council (NHBC)  

Standard setting body and leading warranty and insurance provider for new and newly converted homes in the UK.

National Lottery Commission  

Non-departmental public body responsible for licensing and regulating the National Lottery.

Ofcom  

Ofcom is the communications regulator. We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.

Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)  

A non-ministerial government department whose main aim is to help improve the quality and standards of education and childcare through independent inspection and regulation, and provide advice to the Secretary of State. Principal role is the management of the system of school inspection.

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)  

Ofgem is the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. We are a non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Our principal objective when carrying out our functions is to protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers. We do this in a variety of ways including: promoting value for money promoting security of supply and sustainability, for present and future generations of consumers, domestic and industrial users the supervision and development of markets and competition regulation and the delivery of government schemes. We work effectively with, but are independent of, government, the energy industry and other stakeholders within a legal framework determined by the UK government and the European Union.

Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR)  

Non-ministerial government department, staffed by civil servants, with functions set down in the Railways Act 1993. The focus is on the monopoly and dominant elements of Britain's railways, principally Railtrack, regulating in the public interest, balancing these duties and functions.

Office of Water Services (OFWAT)  

Government department lead by the Director General of Water Services, responsible for making sure that the water and sewerage companies in England and Wales give a good-quality, efficient service at a fair price.

Pensions Regulator  

The new regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Created under the Pensions Act 2004, with wider powers and a new proactive and risk-focused approach to regulation. Top priority is to identify and reduce risks to members' benefits, and work with schemes to get them on the right track.

Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)  

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is responsible for the prudential regulation and supervision of banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms. In total the PRA regulates around 1,700 financial firms.

Takeover Panel  

The regulatory body which administers the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Its central objective is to ensure equality of treatment and opportunity for all shareholders in takeover bids.

Tenant Services Authority (TSA)  

Regulates social housing providers under the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

Utility Regulator  

The Utility Regulator is responsible for regulating the electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries in Northern Ireland, promoting the short- and long-term interests of consumers.

Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland  

Economic and customer service regulator of Scottish Water.