Regulatory Policy Committee - Case Histories

RPC case histories provide practical guidance, with case study examples, of how the better regulation framework has been applied by the committee.

RPC case histories

RPC case histories explain how the RPC has addressed new and/or challenging methodological issues in its scrutiny of impact assessments. They are intended to provide a guide for departments and regulators in their preparation of impact assessments.

A consolidated volume of case histories was published in December 2016. This is being updated on a modular basis and individual updated sections will be placed on the RPC case histories page as they are produced. The first three of these sections were published in March 2019. These and subsequent updated sections supersede the relevant sections in the December 2016 volume. For sections not yet updated, please refer to the December 2016 volume.

The RPC welcomes any feedback on our guidance. Please contact us here to give us feedback or if you have any questions about RPC case histories.

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Sections updated in January 2021

Sections updated in October 2020

Sections updated in September 2020

Sections updated in February 2020

Sections updated in August 2019

Sections updated in March 2019

December 2016 version

The contents of this volume include guidance on:

  1. Problems under consideration
  2. Impact Assessment options
  3. Reliable estimates of costs and benefits
  4. Business Impact Target (BIT) methodology
  5. Non-qualifying regulatory provisions
  6. Enabling/primary powers
  7. Methodological issues concerning regulators
  8. Small and Micro Business Assessments (SaMBA)
  9. Wider Impacts
  10. Post Implementation Reviews

Associated research reports

Published 27 March 2019
Last updated 29 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. RPC case histories – rationale for intervention, January 2021, has been added to the RPC case histories page

  2. October 2020 guidance added

  3. September 2020 documents added.

  4. Permissive legislation guidance added

  5. Contact details added for guidance feedback

  6. Updated Small and Micro Business Assessment and Primary legislation sections

  7. First published.