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Mapping the Regulatory Landscape in Wales

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This report provides clarity around the regulatory landscape in Wales.

We, in partnership with the Better Regulation Delivery Office are pleased to publish this report on the regulatory landscape in Wales.  The report focuses primarily on those policy areas which form part of the law enforced by local authorities and covers the role and remit of the national regulators represented on the Welsh Regulators Forum, which includes:

  • The Food Standards Agency (FSA)
  • Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)
  • Directors of Public Protection Wales (DPPW)
  • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
  • Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW).  

Regulation provides essential protections to society and brings invaluable benefits to citizens, consumers and businesses alike.  In Wales, the landscape consists of regulations which are devolved to Wales and a whole host of regulations which are not devolved to Wales, which are driven by legislation at an EU and UK level. This report attempts to provide some clarity around the complexity of the regulatory landscape in Wales and identifies some potential opportunities to inform the future development of regulatory services in the context of wider public service reform and the better regulation agenda. 

In particular, the report summarises:

  • the local and national stakeholders involved in both the design and delivery of the regulatory landscape in Wales, including their roles and responsibilities
  • the structures and mechanisms being applied by us to manage the flow of new regulation emanating from our 5 year legislative programme
  • the key policy drivers impacting on the regulatory landscape in Wales.

The report is aimed primarily for those delivering regulation in local authorities or national agencies and for regulatory policy makers in Wales and elsewhere in the UK. It will provide a useful reference document for all those with an interest in regulation and will be used to inform the future work of the Welsh Regulators Forum in Wales.