Statutory guidance

Business regulation: statutory review requirements

Guidance for departments on what they need to consider when deciding whether a review provision is appropriate.

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Ministers have a duty to include a statutory review provision in new secondary legislation that has a regulatory effect on business, unless it is not appropriate to do so.

This statutory guidance explains what departments need to consider when deciding whether a review provision is appropriate. It has been published to help understanding of the duty in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

Please refer to the related best practice guidance when completing a post-implementation review (PIR).

See the previous version of this statutory guidance.

Published 1 July 2015
Last updated 28 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. The guidance has been revised to encourage a more proportionate approach to the inclusion of review clauses so that they concentrate on the measures with significant impacts.
  2. First published.