Guidance

Competition impact assessment: guidelines for policymakers

Guidelines to help government policymakers assess the impact their proposals will have on competition.

Documents

Competition impact assessment Part 1: overview

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Competition impact assessment Part 2: guidelines

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Details

These guidelines provide policymakers with assistance in identifying markets in which competition might be affected by new policies or spending proposals. They also explain how competition impacts can be assessed.

The guidelines can be used in the following settings:

  • When conducting impact assessments for regulatory proposals guided by the Better Regulation Framework Manual
  • When appraising policies, programmes and projects as set out in the Green Book. Competition implications of new proposals should be considered as part of the long-list appraisal stage of the Green Book appraisal process.

The guidelines are structured as follows:

  • Part 1 provides an overview and the steps for identifying whether a detailed competition impact assessment is necessary
  • Part 2 provides detailed guidelines on how to carry out the impact assessment
Published 15 September 2015