Regulatory Delivery: New body to simplify regulation

On 1 April 2016 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ("BIS") launched its new directorate, Regulatory Delivery, to replace two existing bodies that previously oversaw regulation in the UK. According to its new website, the aim of Regulatory Delivery is to simplify regulation for UK businesses.  It intends to achieve this by advising businesses directly on their regulatory compliance and also by ensuring that regulators enforce regulations consistently and proportionately.  Regulatory Delivery also aims to ensure that the UK's regulations on technical matters, such as weights and measures regulations, support innovation and promote international trade. The new directorate will report to the Small Business, Industry and Enterprise Minister, Anna Soubry MP. It will be led by Graham Russell, who was the Director of the Better Regulation Delivery Office ("BDRO"), which – along with the National Measurement and Regulation Office ("NMRO") - is one of the bodies that it replaces.  The BDRO was responsible for improving how local and national regulators enforce regulations.  The NMRO worked to simplify technical regulation for the benefit of UK businesses. According to BIS, combining the BDRO and NMRO will ensure the more effective delivery of government policy in ways that "reduce burdens on business, save public money and properly protect people and communities." Regulatory Delivery plans to publish new statutory guidance, although for now the existing guidance published by the BRDO and the NMRO, such as the Regulators' Code and the Better Regulation Framework Manual, remain in force.

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