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1 EMS as a tool for better regulation Lord Jamie Lindsay 29 th November 2007

2 To advise the Government on action to: Reduce unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens Ensure that regulation and its enforcement are Proportionate Accountable Consistent Transparent Targeted Avoid unintended consequences Better Regulation Commission

3 ‘Risk Report’ Recommendations included: Change our approach to risk Re-target the responsibility for managing risk Reduce the high cost of risk management Review the stock of regulation “leave the responsibility for managing risk with those best placed to manage it” “embark on state regulation only where it represents the optimum solution for managing risk” “re-examine areas where the state has assumed more responsibility for people’s lives than is healthy or desired” Better Regulation Commission

4 Less administrative burden Greater focus on the ‘free-loaders’ Legislation and regulatory activity only where necessary Focus on the results rather than the process IN SHORT ‘MORE FOR LESS’ Objectives of better regulation

5 aware Legal activities Illegal activities unaware ROGUES PRAGMATIC NEUTRAL ANGELS

6 “ Formal recognition that an organisation is competent to carry out specific tasks or types of tasks” “ Impartial, independent assessment of competence against international standards” What is Accreditation? UKAS ACCREDITATION ENSURES THAT STANDARDS ARE APPLIED IMPARTIALLY CONSISTENTLY RIGOROUSLY BY COMPETENT PERSONNEL USING, WHERE APPROPRIATE, CALIBRATED EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

7 Accreditation: Principal Drivers  Better regulation, efficient government, public sector procurement  Confidence, trust, credibility, reliability, assurance  Zero Risk, Zero Liability;  Good & Best practice;  Quality & Well-Being  Sustainability, Risk management, corporate governance & responsibility  Tradability, specification, competitiveness, innovation  Multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary applications  International recognition

8 UKAS - where do we fit?

9 UKAS underpins….. …..the credibility and robustness of a wide spectrum of standards and services, ranging across: Environmental Management Systems Health Protection Agency Food Safety & Labelling Emissions Trading Scheme High Speed Rail Interoperability Medical Devices CORGI gas installers Building Regulations Asbestos testing & surveying

10 Evolving EMS rigours Illust. Vilhelm Pedersen from “The emperor’s new clothes”

11 Evolving EMS rigours UKAS – increased oversight of 3 rd party EMS certification COMPLIANCE Guidance: compliance/compliance management & EA07/04 All accredited certification bodies to abide by this TRANSPARANCY 2007: IEMA requesting info for register of EMS certificates UKAS follow-up to IEMA using ISO/IEC17021 CONSISTENCY and ROBUSTNESS New UKAS requirements UKAS suspensions (information is available on the website) UKAS can accept, and will investigate, complaints from the public, regulators, industry or NGO’s regarding the performance of CBs

12 Linking EMS and regulation EMASISO Plus ISO (base) InformalNone

13 Linking EMS and regulation Manufacture or Service provision Staff Raw materials Utilities Product Waste materials

14 More efficient regulation

15 More effective regulation Source: European Space Agency,

16 Where are EMS today ? - Defra HMG statement on how EMSs can help business & the public sector reduce their environmental impacts 1.Organisations should use a robust and credible EMS that is appropriate for improving their environmental and financial performance 2.Organisations implementing an EMS should use a national or international standard or scheme 3.An EMS should be audited by an independent certifier accredited by the UKAS 4.An EMS should help improve environmental and financial performance through the supply chain. 5.An EMS that demonstrates good management of legislative compliance should be used to help achieve regulatory benefits such as reduced fees and charges

17 Where are EMS today ? - UK Recognition in the Environment Agency’s OPRA scheme – more for EMS that is certified by an accredited body Sector-specific recognition: e.g. OSPAR guidance for offshore oil platforms Licenses, Permits, Permissions, Grants Customers, Corporate Governance, Risk, PR Financial Sector – insurers, lenders, investors

18 Where are we today ? – EU/Global AUCRDKDEESTFINFIRLITNLNOPSUKOther Permit procedure ** [*]** Permit content ** ***** Permit periods * Permit charges *** Monitoring ** **** Reporting ** **** Inspections [*] ** *** USA Inspection charges **** Enforcement ** Mandatory EMS *(*)**

19 EMS: Future Opportunities Harmonisation of competence Definitions of expectation Demonstrating value Routine communication between parties Public domain information

20 EMS: Future Opportunities Mutually supportive Comparative growth Alternative means of demonstration Barriers Defined types of EMS

21 Delivering the Future Fit-for-purpose EMS Case Studies Solution-led approach Collaborative ownership Multiple Benefits Convincing Government


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