The Health Act 2006 contains a wide range of regulation-making powers, covering issues such as smoke-free premises, pharmaceutical services, ophthalmic services, the Appointments Commission and the national health service cost recovery scheme. The timetable for publication of regulations also varies considerably, depending on the circumstances in each case. The following regulations have already been published:
draft regulations, “Smoke-free premises and vehicles”, were published for consultation on 17 July. The consultation finished on 9 October 2006 and Ministers are considering the responses before publishing final regulations; and
regulations in respect of the Appointments Commission were made on 4 September and came into force on 1 October 2006 (SI2006/2380).
Other regulations will be published in due course.