Welcome to the website of the Regulatory Policy Committee
The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) was established in 2009, and in 2012 became a non-executive Independent Non-Departmental Public Body – sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
The RPC is tasked with providing for the first time in theUK, independent scrutiny of proposed regulatory measures put forward by Government.
The RPC’s role is to review the evidence and analysis supporting new regulatory proposals prior to final Ministerial decisions, to ensure that when Ministers make decisions on proposed new regulations, they do so against the background of a robust, evidence-based policy making process. We do this by feeding our Opinion on the impact of new regulatory proposals directly into the Cabinet decision making process.
The RPC also plays a key role in the Government’s wider better regulation agenda through the validation of the Estimated Annual Net Cost to Business calculations for all new regulatory and deregulatory proposals that are in scope of the government’s One-In, One-Out system – these figures are presented in the regular Statements of New Regulation issued by Government.
In addition, Ministers have also asked the RPC to play a stronger role in relation to regulatory barriers preventing new innovative businesses entering markets or where incumbent “challenger businesses” are being unjustifiably hampered by rules, regulations and behaviours and to report publically on its findings.