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What We Do

Better Regulation

Better Regulation is a whole of government approach to improving the quality of the legislative process.

The goal of Better Regulation is to ensure that policy is evidence-based, as far as possible, through stakeholder consultation and impact analysis; therefore that regulation is introduced only when necessary, and that it has the intended effects, once implemented. Additionally, the stock of existing regulation is evaluated to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies or unnecessary costs that can be reduced.

Better Regulation ensures that legislation is fit for purpose. By this we mean that it is (1) Necessary, (2) Proportionate, (3) Effective, (4) Accountable, (5) Consistent, and (6) Transparent, as set out in the 2004 White Paper, Regulating Better.

Our role is to liaise with relevant stakeholders in relation to the reduction of unnecessary administrative burdens on business and participate in related international fora (EU, OECD).

Better Regulation Policy

Consultation Principles and Guidance (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, November 2016)

Policy Statement on Economic Regulation, 2013

RIA Guidelines (PDF, 3.85MB) (Department of the Taoiseach, June 2009)

White Paper, Regulating Better, 2004 (Department of the Taoiseach)