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Independent Quality Assurance of Regulatory Impact Statements

Page updated 21 Sep 2015

Independent quality assurance must be undertaken on all RISs. This assessment will be done by either the authoring agency or the RIAT team in the Treasury, both using the same assessment criteria. RIAT needs to provide QAs for RISs that are regarded as particularly significant. A proposal may be significant if the regulatory proposals are expected to: have a substantial impact; affect a large group of people; constitutes a new, novel, or contentious issue; or because the interests and responsibilities of more than one Department are involved.

The assessment criteria are available in Annex 5.1 and 5.2 of the RIA Handbook.

If the quality assurance is undertaken by the authoring agency it must be done by a person or group not directly involved in preparing the RIS and nominated by the authoring agency's chief executive.

A statement on the quality of the impact analysis - whether provided by the authoring agency or by RIAT - must be inserted into the Cabinet paper. For the Cabinet paper requirements see the section "RIA requirements for Cabinet Papers" in the CabGuide: Cabinet's RIA requirements.

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