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Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization. An organization, which itself is not part of the government, to which the government has given a large degree of power, as a regulator or in another capacity. A prominent example is the Water Services Regulation Authority, which regulates sewage in the UK, among other things. However, it is not part of the government. The term is most common in the British Isles.

quango (quasi-autonomous nongovernmental organization)

an executive body which is responsible for overseeing a designated area of public sector activities and spending.
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The HGCA is an executive non-departmental public body set up under the Cereals Marketing Act 1965 to improve the production and marketing of home-grown cereals and, since 1989, oilseeds.
Uk anti-doping is a non-departmental public body accountable to parliament through the department for digital, culture, media and sport.
PRRT is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Department of Justice.
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) established under the Agriculture (Northern Ireland) Order, 2004.
The mmo (as an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the department for environment, food and rural affairs) and on behalf of all uk fisheries administrations consisting of marine management organisation england (mmo); marine scotland (ms); department of agriculture, environment and rural affairs northern ireland (daera); department of environment, food and agriculture isle of man (defa); and welsh government (wg) are seeking the provision of a vessel monitoring software solution for monitoring and compliance.
The Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG), a non-departmental public body, will now be asked to consider ethical issues relating to large and complex data sets.
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