Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance: Separate and single-sex service providers-a guide on the Equality Act sex and gender reassignment provisions

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a guide for service providers (anyone who provides goods, facilities or services to the public) who are looking to establish and operate a separate or single-sex service.

Separate or single-sex service providers are those who provide a service where some element or all of the service is available:

  • only to one sex, or
  • separately to each sex, or
  • differently to people of each sex.

This guide covers the exceptions in the Equality Act relating to sex which allow: services to be provided, or a policy to be applied:

  • only to one sex
  • separately to people of each sex.
  • differently to people of each sex

It also covers the provisions in the Equality Act relating to gender reassignment which allow providers of separate or single-sex services to exclude, modify or limit access to trans people.

This guide provides information on:

  • what the law says
  • how to decide when to use the exceptions
  • practical steps you can take.

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