Impact assessments

Impact Assessments (IAs) are intended as a key tool to ensure regulation is proportionate to the issue it is designed to tackle.  IAs now have a more prominent role in policy-making, are more transparent and build on the success of Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs).

All final impact assessments produced by Defra are publically available on our website and can be viewed via the links on the left-hand side of the screen or below.  All final impacts assessments produced across Government can be found on the Impact Assessment Library hosted by the Better Regulation Executive:

Advice for policy makers
Our Wider Environmental and Sustainable Development Impact Tests are designed to help policy officials in Government Departments in their Policy Appraisal, for example in completing Business Cases and Impact Assessments. General IA guidance and interactive templates are available on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) website.

Page last modified: 1 April 2010