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Certification can help demonstrate data protection in a practical way to businesses, individuals and regulators. The page lists all our guidance and resources about certification schemes for businesses in the public, private and third sector. 

Brief guidance 

Certification schemes: A guide 

The purpose of a certification scheme, who is responsible for them, what should the criteria contain, the benefits of applying and the practical implications. 

Detailed guidance  

Certification schemes: detailed guidance 

How to apply for a scheme, how to become a certification body, how to develop a scheme and how to submit a scheme. 


Certification scheme register

An alphabetical list of approved criteria.

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