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Manama 20 january 2014

Regulatory Impact Assessment

for Better Standards

International Best Practices from OECD

Manama, 20 January 2014

Charles-Henri Montin, Senior Regulatory Expert,

Ministry of economy and finance, Paris

OECD RPC delegate

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  • The policy-making cycle and how RIA fits into that cycle

  • Nature, purpose and functions of RIA

  • Typical methodology

  • Challenges for introducing RIA

  • The potential relevance of RIA to GCC standardisation agencies

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3 sources for best practice
3 sources for best practice

United Kingdom

Better Regulation

Impact assessment

Regulatory Policy Committee


One-in, one-out

European Union

Smart Regulation


Impact assessment Board


Regulatory Quality

Evaluation préalable

Conseil d’Etat


Constitutional basis for RIA

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What is impact assessment
What is impact assessment?

  • Investigates and measures the likely benefits, costs and effects of new and changed regulation, throughout the regulatory process

    – A key decision making tool for governments

    – Underpins regulatory reform

    – Used in most OECD countries

    – No single model fits all situations

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Purpose of ria
Purpose of RIA

  • Identifies all main potential impacts arising from proposed government regulations

    • Articulates the problem and explains why it needs to be addressed

    • Broadens the range of options

  • Promotes balanced decisions that trade off problems against wider economic / social goals

    • Ensures transparency and stakeholder input

    • Supports informed decision on policy and regulation

  • Informs political debate and supports communication on policy

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Practical functions of ria
Practical functions of RIA

  • Provides factual data to make appropriate regulatory decisions

  • Exposes impacts and linkages among policies and gives decision-makers a capacity to weigh trade offs

  • Provides a public accounting of each regulation

  • Provides a clear explanation of the regulation, its purpose, the analysis substantiating it and expected impacts

  • Enables policy makers to understand and take personal responsibility for regulatory decisions

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Components of ria
Components of RIA

  • Description: outlines the regulations, defines the issue and policy objectives and shows why action is necessary

  • Alternatives: lists options beside regulation and other types of intervention

  • Benefits & Costs: quantifies the impacts of each option

  • Consultation: lists stakeholders consulted and their feedback

  • Compliance and enforcement: explains the policy on conformity to the regulations and tools to ensure it is respected

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The process of regulatory impact analysis


Policy context

Policy objectives


Involving Stakeholders

Regulatory Options






Best Option


Enforcement, Compliance and monitoring mechanisms

After RIA is prepared: DECISION MAKING

The process of Regulatory Impact Analysis

Other impacts

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Making the best use of ria
Making the best use of RIA

Analytical tool

  • Provides a method to investigate policy and regulation

  • Cost-Benefits techniques to assess:

    • Effectiveness

    • Efficiency

      Communication tool

  • Provides a means of informing decision makers of alternatives in a rational manner free of ideology or bias

  • Enhances transparency, accountability, credibility, trust, legitimacy

    Learning tool

  • Sets a base line for ex post facto evaluations

  • Contributes to policy coherence

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Common challenges for ria
Common challenges for RIA

Related to the tool

  • Problem identification (≠ objectives)

  • Availability of data (collection, validation, use)

  • “Proportionate analysis” (criteria, transparency)

  • Quantification (benefits)

  • Risk assessment

  • “Complex costs”

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More challenges
More challenges

Related to the structure / process

  • Scope of application / selection of proposals

  • Need to fit RIA into all the stages of policy making and regulation

  • Governance of RIA, Quality control (oversight)

  • Presentation / Communication

  • Up-stream integration of RIA (early in decision-making)

  • Down-stream integration of RIA (“closing the loop”)

  • Administrative capacity to carry out RIAs

  • Multi-level requirements

  • Trade-off political discretion vs. technical expertise

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Oecd good practices 1
OECD good practices (1)

  • 1. Political commitment and endorsement at the highest levels

    • Legal basis for RIA

    • Clear ministerial accountability

  • 2. Allocate responsibilities for the RIA programme

    • Operational responsibilities with the services

    • Inter-service coordination

    • Central quality oversight

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Oecd good practices 2
OECD good practices (2)

  • 3. Target and prioritise RIA efforts

    • Scope of application / thresholds for when to do RIAs

    • Sectoral impacts

  • 4. Develop comprehensive guidelines

    • Mandatory

    • Both on process and on technical aspects

  • 5. Carry out sound analysis

    • Strategies for data collection

    • Consistent but flexible methodologies

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Oecd good practices 3
OECD good practices (3)

6. Consultation / Transparency / Communication

7. Training, training, training

8. Apply RIA to both new and existing regulation

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Relevance to gcc standardisation
Relevance to GCC standardisation

  • Better Regulation principles apply to standards:

    • Standards are an acknowledged “alternative” to regulation with specific advantages for certain types of issues

    • BR tools support more evidence based decisions in the production of standards (especially RIA)

    • Effective consultation of stakeholders, including co-production

    • Feed-back from enforcement and implementation (compliance assessment)

    • Can be developed internationally (IRC)

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Developing ria practice in gcc bahrain
Developing RIA practice in GCC/Bahrain

  • The main steps for developing RIA practice:

    • Define national/regional methodology

    • Build capacities in regulating/standards agencies

    • Set up quality control mechanisms or structures

    • Create training programme for RIA drafters

    • Launch pilot studies

    • Monitor for continuous improvement with practice.

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  • Impact assessment has developed over the last 20 years and is now a widely used tool; UK and EU currently have best practice models

  • It presents challenges to operate it meaningfully (influence on decision making) but also a lot of knowledge has been shared.

  • Policy-makers naturally address the costs and benefits of political choices. RIA offers rigour

  • Good potential for supporting the development of better standards in cooperation with regional partners

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To learn more about ria
To learn more about RIA…

  • RIA methodology (UK)

    • BR framework

    • UK Government RIA site ; RIA template

  • RIA guidelines (EU)

    • European Commission RIA site

    • Guidelines

  • France: Guide de Légistique

  • About applying RIA to standards:

    • a Strategic vision for European standards (2011)

    • RIA on standards (academic article)

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