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Regulatory Impact Analysis325.00

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One day course: Friday 22 March


About the Course 

As part of series of seminars updating tools for key policy areas, PAI is next focusing on Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA). The RIA Seminar will take place on 22 March 2019.  This seminar will allow attendees working within a public policy area to catch-up on the main components of the RIA process. RIAs were first introduced in 2005. Since then, Government Departments and Offices have been required to conduct RIAs on proposals for primary legislation that involve changes to the regulatory framework. The current Programme for Government gives a commitment "… to step up the use of impact assessments".

This PAI seminar will focus on the key stages of the RIA process; highlighting the requirements to assess alternative solutions, to measure the costs and benefits of different options, and to undertake consultation with interested parties before recommending a “best option”. The seminar will hear from representatives from Government Departments about their practical experience of doing RIAs. The opportunity to gain first-hand experience of carrying out a RIA case study will be provided, in a group environment. The Small Firms Association, the organisation that represents Irish SMEs, will make a strong case for having more RIAs produced at an earlier stage and widely published.

RIAs are at their best where they provide a sound basis for the laws and regulations that are needed to protect citizens’ rights, promote a safer society and ensure more confidence in goods and services. Those responsible for RIAs in their everyday work will find this seminar of particular benefit.


Course Tutor 

Tom Ferris is an independent consultant economist specialising in public sector governance, better regulation and transport economics.

He writes regularly for Public Affairs Ireland. He was previously the Senior Economist in the Department of Transport, until February 2006. Since then, he has undertaken consultancy projects for the World Bank, the OECD, and a number of private sector companies. He is an occasional lecturer in public sector economics at NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Public Affairs Ireland. He holds an MA in Economics from University College Dublin, and a Fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.