Policy paper

Red Tape Challenge update: implementation plan for the manufacturing theme

An update on the plan to reduce manufacturing regulations as part of the government's Red Tape Challenge.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The Prime Minister launched the Red Tape Challenge in April 2011 to reduce the overall burden of regulation. The Red Tape Challenge is a systematic review of 6,500 regulations to scrap or significantly reduce as many of them as possible. The Red Tape Challenge gives businesses and civil society the opportunity to have their say on the regulations, grouped by theme, that affect their everyday lives.

The manufacturing theme includes over 120 regulations and was open for public comment between 21 July and 1 September 2011. We received comments across four sub-categories:

  • product safety and equipment
  • weights and measures
  • intellectual property
  • export control

128 regulations were considered. We proposed to:

  • scrap 47 (37%)
  • improve 18 (14%)
  • keep unchanged 61 (48%)
  • unresolved 1 (1%)
  • transfer 1 (1%)

This report covers timescales for implementing the changes, comments from business and next steps.

See also the implementation plan for the retail theme.

Published 24 January 2013