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Consultation response

Test House framework development

A summary of our response to the Test House Framework development consultation. Includes consultation questions, responses, and our position on these questions.

Reporting requirements

Consultation proposal:

The Commission proposes that there should be two reporting criteria:

  • those events that require reporting within five working days
  • those that can be submitted annually on a fixed date.

Consultation questions

To what extent do you agree with our proposals:

  • Q9. On the introduction of reporting requirements?
  • Q10. On the immediate reporting criteria?
  • Q11. That annual reporting should be on a fixed date?

A significant majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed to introducing reporting requirements. They agreed to the introduction of immediate reporting criteria and annual reporting on a fixed date.

There was concern that some reports could not be made within such a short period of time and it was suggested that the reporting timescales should be extended from ‘within 5’ to ‘within 14’ days working days.

Our Position

We will introduce reporting criteria as proposed ie within 5 working days. The following list is what we expect to be reported within five working days:

  • change of address
  • change of key people
  • proposed shareholder changes
  • organisational changes, being agreed
  • winding up of companies
  • criminal investigations
  • regulatory investigations
  • loss or suspension of overseas accreditation.

We realise that there may be a need for follow up action, such as an application for a change of shareholding to be submitted after the initial notification, but it is important that we are aware of these events within the timescales. Annual reporting criteria will focus upon the volume and type of testing, with the first reporting period being from 01 October 2020 – 30 September 2021. Submission of the reports will need to be made within 28 days of the end of the reporting period.

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