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Code Administration Code of Practice


What is the CACoP?

As part of Ofgem’s Code Governance Review, the Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP) was established in 2010.

The CACoP is a cross-Code document that aims to provide consistency in the approach and level of service provided by Code Administrators. It contains 16 principles to facilitate transparency in the Code modification processes and protect the interests of market participants and consumers.

The CACoP is available to download below. Further information on the CACoP can be found on Ofgem’s website.


What are the CACoP principles?

The 16 CACoP principles are:

  1. Code Administrators shall be critical friends
  2. Documentation published by Code Administrators shall be in clear English
  3. Information will be promptly and publicly available to users
  4. The CACoP will be reviewed periodically and subject to amendment by users
  5. Code Administrators shall support processes which enable users to access a ‘pre-Modification’ process to discuss and develop Modifications
  6. A proposer of a Modification will retain ownership of the detail of their solution
  7. Code Administrators will facilitate alternative solutions to issues being developed to the same degree as an original solution
  8. Estimates of implementation costs to central systems will be produced and consulted upon prior to a Modification being recommended for approval
  9. Legal text will be produced and consulted upon prior to a Modification being recommended for approval
  10. Modifications will be consulted upon and easily accessible to users, who will be given reasonable time to respond
  11. There will be flexibility for implementation, to allow proportionate delivery times and realisation of benefits
  12. The Code Administrators will report annually on agreed metrics
  13. Code Administrators will ensure cross Code coordination to progress changes efficiently where Modifications impact multiple Codes
  14. Code Administrators shall support prospective energy innovators
  15. Code Administrators shall endeavour to provide an assessment of the impacts of a Modification on the end consumer and on the drive for net zero
  16. Code Administrators shall provide support for Code Reform