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Standards published for regulatory services

Corin Williams03/11/2011 - 10:12

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Front line local authority regulators have been encouraged by the CIEH to undertake their professional development using a flagship product launched by the World Class Coalition.

This new, common approach to regulatory competence is the result of a project to introduce common professional standards of competency across regulatory services provided by local authorities, co-ordinated by the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO), the CIEH and the Trading Standards Institute.

The World Class Coalition comprises 18 major professional and representative bodies, and works to simplify the regulatory system.

The Common Approach to Competency for regulators provides a set of agreed core skills for regulators to use, supported by web-based resources for personal development planning.

Other resources include the RDNA (Regulators’ Development Needs Analysis) and GRIP (Guidance for Regulators Information Point), which have been used within health and safety regulation for more than two years.

Local authority officers working in licensing, trading standards and environmental health have access to a unique new competency framework to assist in their professional development. RDNA is now also available to officers working on food (food hygiene and food standards), animal health and welfare, housing, metrology, and port health.

By spring 2012 RDNA will be further extended to cover pollution prevention and control, licensing (in particular the Licensing Act 2003), fair trading, product safety, and agricultural trading standards. The intention is that all of the main local regulatory services functions will be included within RDNA.

Graham Jukes, CIEH chief executive, said: ‘The scheme has been developed and agreed by the professional bodies, major national and local players in the regulatory system and is a good example of how the World Class Coalition can make a real difference on regulatory delivery to business on the ground.

‘It will be invaluable in supporting the professional qualification base of those working in the regulatory field, providing clarity on the competence standards required to be demonstrated which will benefit all regulators, their employing authorities and agencies, business and above all the consumers whom we serve.’

Tim Smith, chief executive of the FSA, said: ‘We hope the common approach will help local authorities and front line officers in delivery of their regulatory duties.’

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