The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 came into force on 1 July 2005. The purpose of the Regulations is to establish a framework that provides for the effective re-use of public sector information.
The Regulations define 're-use' as the use by a person of a document held by a public sector body for a purpose other than the initial purpose for which that document was produced.
Policy advice on the re-use of public sector information, best practice and the complaints process under the Regulations can be found on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) which operates from the National Archives website.
The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is at the heart of information policy, setting standards, delivering access and encouraging the re-use of public sector information. OPSI provides a wide range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector relating to finding, using, sharing and trading information.
The merger of OPSI with the National Archives in October 2006 enables the combined organisation to provide strong and coherent leadership for the development of information policy across government and the wider public sector.