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The publication of the Framework is an important step forward in the journey of HIA and its development. It aims to strengthen the practice and use of HIA in Wales (and beyond) in order to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks to health and wellbeing of a wide range of cross sector policies, programmes, services and developments.

The WHIASU QA Review Framework is the first broad appraisal tool developed for HIA globally and will make a significant contribution to the practice of HIA nationally and internationally. At an international level, very few tools exist to review the quality of HIAs. Those available are either not specific to HIA or are focused only on a specific type of project.