The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (known as RIPA) is an act of parliament regulating the powers of public bodies to carry out surveillance as part of investigations into allegations or concerns brought to its attention.

We have published a process which provides a brief overview to RIPA highlighting the key stages of the legislation and a flow chart of the authorisation process.

Detailed codes of practice are issued by the Home Office available from gov.uk.