Guidance

Regulator impact accountability: guidance

Expectations for engagement by national non-economic regulators about the impact on business of changes in regulatory policy and practice.

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Accountability for regulator impact: guidance

Accountability for regulator impact: flowchart

Accountability for regulator impact: business engagement assessment template

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Regulator impact accountability: business engagement assessment calculator

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The government announced the Accountability for Regulator Impact (ARI) scheme in the Autumn Statement 2012. It is one of a number of measures, alongside a proposed duty for regulators to consider growth, intended to make the process simpler for businesses:

All these measures encourage regulators to improve the business experience of regulation, and create a regulatory environment that supports growth.

Under the scheme, non-economic regulators who are planning a significant change in policy or practice should assess and quantify the impact of that change on business. They will be expected to share their assessment with representatives of the businesses affected, discuss and if possible agree it with them before making the change, and then publish their final assessment.

By signing up to this new approach, regulators will demonstrate that their decision-making is transparent and accountable to business.

From December 2013, government will publish a summary of the changes introduced by regulators through the ARI process with its twice yearly ‘Statement of new regulation’.

Published 19 July 2013
Last updated 25 March 2014 + full page history
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