non-departmental public body

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non-departmental public body

A national or regional public body in the UK which has government functions, but is not a government department per se nor part of one. While NDPBs operate at arm's length from Ministers, and carry out activities without ministerial involvement, Ministers are nonetheless ultimately responsible for NDPBs’ effectiveness and efficiency.

Non-departmental public bodies
• Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
• Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs
• Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer

Products and the Environment
• Expert Advisory Group on HIV/Aids
• Health Protection Agency
• Human Genetics Commission
• Human Tissue Authority
• Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations
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The Design Council will cease to be a non departmental public body (NDPB).
PITO is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB), which was established by the Police Act 1997 to carry out activities relating to information technology equipment and systems for the use of the police service.
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is a Non Departmental Public Body responsible for providing advice on the National Minimum Wage.