Regulatory proposals are accompanied by an impact assessment (IA), which assesses and estimates the likely costs and benefits, as well as presenting the associated risks, of a regulatory proposal that has an impact on business, civil society organisations, the public sector or individuals. Following scrutiny of an IA the RPC provides an opinion on the quality of analysis and evidence presented in the IA. This opinion then informs the decisions of ministers as to whether or not they should proceed with the proposal.
Guidance on the issues the RPC considers when scrutinising an IA can be found here.
The opinions published here relate to both consultation and final stage IAs for proposals which have been taken forward by government. These relate to the IAs as received by the RPC, prior to any changes made in response to the comments made in the opinions. Green IAs are considered to be ‘fit for purpose’. Amber rated IAs are considered to be ‘fit for purpose’ on the condition that changes are made to the IA to respond to the concerns raised in the opinion.
An opinion which includes significant concerns would result in the IA being rated as ‘not fit for purpose’. For IAs that were rated ‘not fit for purpose’ see Red rated impact assessment opinions
The opinions have been published in batches. The batches, by date, are available below: