The Small and Micro Business Assessment (SaMBA), which is a mandatory part of an impact assessment (IA) and post-implementation review (PIR), is about ensuring that a robust and evidence-based analysis is conducted on the impacts of a regulatory proposal on small and micro businesses (SMBs).
The default position is to exempt small and micro businesses from the policy, and then to consider whether impacts can be mitigated. The Better Regulation Framework sets out the context for this work when it says that:
The default option is to exempt small and micro-businesses from the requirements of new regulatory measures. In many cases it may be possible to achieve the majority of the intended benefits even if smaller businesses are exempted – for example where larger businesses account for the majority of the intended regulated activity or where the activities of larger businesses account for the majority of the harms the regulation seeks to prevent.
If, after assessment, it is concluded that the measure should apply to small and micro-businesses, you should consider how burdens could be mitigated or minimised.
The RPC recognises that it is not always straightforward to assess impacts on small and micro businesses. The guidance here will assist with that process, and will be updated on a modular basis. The checklist serves as an illustrative tool to help analysts visualise how they might go about conducting a SaMBA.
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