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BRDO and NMRO combine to simplify regulation for British business

BRDO and NMRO brought together into a single BIS directorate from 1 April 2016.

The Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) and National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) are being brought together into a single BIS directorate from 1 April 2016 to focus on regulation and enforcement.

BRDO is currently responsible for improving the way in which local and national regulators enforce regulations, saving money for business and taxpayers. NMRO currently operates as an Executive Agency within BIS, sponsored by BRDO, aiming to simplify technical regulation for the benefit of UK businesses.

The new Regulatory Delivery directorate will be led by the existing BRDO Director, Graham Russell and report to Small Business, Industry and Enterprise Minister, Anna Soubry. The directorate will work to ensure that the way regulation is enforced is proportionate and risk based. It will deliver existing functions such as Primary Authority, legal metrology and hallmarking policy, technical regulation and enforcement work.

BIS Permanent Secretary, Martin Donnelly, said:

“Combining NMRO and BRDO will bring together policy expertise and practical experience. This will ensure that government policy is effectively delivered in ways that reduce burdens on business, save public money and properly protect people and communities.”

The director of the new Regulatory Delivery directorate, Graham Russell, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to raise standards of protection for vulnerable people and encourage businesses to grow, by improving the way we regulate in the UK. Combining two organisations is challenging but I know that we are committed to working well together, using fewer resources for better outcomes.”

Martin Donnelly has written to all BRDO and NMRO staff about the decision to combine the two offices into one Regulatory Delivery directorate. Staff will continue to be supported by senior leaders and line managers during the transition.