Windsor Framework Democratic Scrutiny Committee


The Committee pictured shortly before the start of a meeting in room 30, Parliament Buildings.

From left to right: Declan Kearney MLA, Patrick Brown MLA, Emma Sheerin MLA, Philip McGuigan MLA (Chairperson), David Brooks MLA (Deputy Chairperson), Joanne Bunting MLA, Jonathan Buckley MLA, Steve Aiken OBE MLA, Sorcha Eastwood MLA


About the Committee

The Windsor Framework Democratic Scrutiny Committee (DSC) is a standing committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly established under Schedule 6B to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (PDF, 8 pages, 59KB).

The Committee’s purpose is to assist with the observation and implementation of Article 13(3a) and (4) of the Windsor Framework. The Committee’s functions include:

  • examining and considering new EU acts and replacement EU acts;
  • conducting inquiries and publishing reports in relation to replacement EU acts;
  • engaging with businesses, civil society and others in relation to replacement EU acts;
  • engaging with the UK Government in relation to replacement EU acts;
  • engaging with Ministers of Northern Ireland departments and the NI Executive in relation to replacement EU acts;
  • dealing with other matters (including legislative proposals which may become new EU acts or replacement EU acts) which the Committee considers to be connected with its purpose or other functions.

Latest News

The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Thursday 25 July at 10am in Room 30.

The Committee will hear oral evidence from departmental officials as part of its inquiry into Regulation (EU) 2024/1849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 June 2024 amending Regulation (EU) 2017/852 on mercury as regards dental amalgam and other mercury-added products subject to export, import and manufacturing restrictions.

The Committee will also receive legal advice and departmental briefings on the following EU Regulations:

  • Regulation (EU) 2024/1689 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 June 2024 laying down harmonised rules on artificial intelligence and amending Regulations (EC) No 300/2008, (EU) No 167/2013, (EU) No 168/2013, (EU) 2018/858, (EU) 2018/1139 and (EU) 2019/2144 and Directives 2014/90/EU, (EU) 2016/797 and (EU) 2020/1828 (Artificial Intelligence Act)
  • Regulation (EU) 2024/1938 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 June 2024 on standards of quality and safety for substances of human origin intended for human application and repealing Directives 2002/98/EC and 2004/23/EC

Inquiries - Have your say

The Committee may decide to hold inquiries on EU Acts which it is scrutinising. As part of the normal inquiry process the Committee may ask for input from key representatives of businesses and civil society. This is your chance to have your opinion heard.

You can see a list of any consultations that are currently running on our Inquiries page.


Contact the Committee

Clerk to the Committee: Marie Austin
Room 371, Parliament Buildings,
Ballymiscaw, Stormont,
Belfast, BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 0302
Email: WindsorFramework.Committee@niassembly.gov.uk