This framework provides countries with a practical means of enhancing a coherent approach to Health in All Policies (HiAP), particularly at a national level. Some countries have already adopted a HiAP approach, even though this may not be explicit, whereas in other countries the concept is new and has yet to be operationalized. This framework has also been developed so that it can be adapted for supranational level decision-making and for governments structures at the national level, as well as the local level as decentralisation of government functions has empowered local authorities in many areas.
HiAP is an approach on health-related rights and obligations. It improves accontability of policymakers for health impacts at all levels of policy-making. It includes an emphasis on the consequences of pubilc policies on health systems, determinants of health, and well-being. It also contributes to sustainable development.