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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 14 principles to facilitate consistency and transparency in the Code modification processes and protect the interests of smaller market participants and consumers.

The CACoP and associated documents are available to download below. Further information on the CACoP can be found on the CACoP website and on Ofgem’s website.

What are the CACoP principles?

The 14 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

Please note that under the SEC Modification Process, the Change Board will provide the final recommendation to the Authority (Ofgem) for any Authority-Determined Modifications.

As required by SEC Section C7.2, SECAS must comply with these principles.

The CACoP Forum

The CACoP Forum is a regular meeting of the Code Administrators. At these meetings, we review and discuss cross-Code issues and coordinate solutions to these. We also discuss ways to make navigating the Code landscape easier. These meetings are also open for interested Parties to attend.

You can find further information about the CACoP Forum on the CACoP website.

CACoP products

To support the industry in viewing the cross-Code landscape, the CACoP Forum has produced a series of products. These are all available on the CACoP website through the following links:

  • Central Modifications Register – a consolidated list of all the open modifications across all the CACoP Codes.
  • Horizon Scanner – a forward look of all changes expected to happen over the next five years that will impact at least two of the CACoP Codes.
  • CACoP Newsletter – a quarterly update on the work of the Forum and other cross-Code activity and developments.