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The Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum exists to bring together all organisations and stakeholders committed to tackling carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK. The Forum promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing between industry, charities, parliamentarians and policymakers, as well as coordinating awareness-raising campaign activities across the sector.

Origins

Launched formally in Parliament in October 2012, the Forum's initiation is one of several key recommendations made in "Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning"; the 2011 Inquiry Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (then called the All-Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group).

The Inquiry, chaired by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, recognised the need for greater cooperation between the various organisations working to eradicate the threat of CO poisoning, and recommended the creation of a body that could facilitate collaboration and partnership working between organisations. Baroness Finlay has since chaired another All-Party Group inquiry; 'Carbon Monoxide: From Awareness to Action.'

Forum Structure and Members

Chaired by Steve Miller, an assembly member at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum provides a platform for key stakeholders to inform policymaking, improve safety standards, develop effective regulation, raise public awareness and, ultimately, help eradicate carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK. The Forum was formerly chaired by David Kidney,  Head of Policy at the Charted Institute of Environmental Health, and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The Forum consists of:

  • The Forum proper, which is a larger grouping of stakeholders that makes decisions based on recommendations from the Advisory Board, and drives through the work of the Forum, including through thematic and task-based groups with specific Terms of Reference. It also provides a platform for collaboration and information sharing amongst stakeholders of the APPCOG.

  • The Advisory Board, which is a smaller group that provides recommendations to the Forum on its strategic direction and work, and performs a monitoring function by ensuring that the Forum is on track in relation to its vision and desired outcomes, including by ensuring good financial and management systems and controls. Profiles of the Forum Advisory Board are available through the 'Members and Staff' page here.

  • The sub-groups, which are smaller, specialised groups that conduct their own work programme as directed by the group membership, overseen by a nominated Chair who reports on sub-group activity to the Advisory Board and The Forum proper. More details about the sub-groups are available through the relevant links at the top of the page.

The Forum's commitment to transparency and scrutiny

The CO All Fuels Action Forum is committed to ensuring its activities and funding are entirely transparent. The Forum does not endorse, support,  or campaign on behalf of one organisation. Rather, it campaigns for greater CO safety for all.

The Forum is administered by Policy Connect, the leading network of Parliamentary groups, research commissions, forums and campaigns working to inform and improve UK public policy. Policy Connect is committed to upholding the principle of transparency in UK parliamentary and public affairs and welcomes any questions you may have on its work and activities.

A copy of the Forum's Code of Governance is available to download from the right-hand side of this page.

This is not an official feed of the House of Commons of the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. This forum is an informal group of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in the webpages are those of the group.