Scottish communities minister Margaret Curran met representatives of the voluntary sector in Edinburgh last week to discuss the reform of charity law.
Issues on the agenda included the status and power of the new charities regulator in Scotland, the definition of charity and the regulation of fundraising.
The executive is under pressure to move speedily towards legislation on the reform of charity law since more than two years has elapsed since the publication of the McFadden report which outlined a programme of change.
Stephen Maxwell, associate director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said: "We were encouraged by the executive's willingness to take seriously SCVO's case for comprehensive legislative reform of Scottish charity law and look forward to the minister's decision on content and a timetable."
In June a former minister published a proposal for a member's bill to introduce law reform.