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Accountability for Regulator Impact (ARI) scheme

The Accountability for Regulator Impact (ARI) scheme was announced in the Autumn Statement 2012 (page opens in a new browser window).  It is one of a number of measures, intended to make improvements to the business experience of regulation and foster a regulatory environment that is conducive to compliant growth. This includes:

  • the Growth Duty
  • a revised Regulators’ Compliance Code
  • a Focus on Enforcement appeals review
  • an initiative to promote regulator efficiency, minimise costs and create transparency around fees and charges

VCA, as a non-economic regulator, wishes to demonstrate that our decision-making is transparent and accountable to business, and is committed to following the Accountability for Regulator Impact principles. 

We will, when planning a significant change in regulatory policy, process or practice,  publish online our Assessment of the potential impact to business of implementing the change.  We will engage with industry about our Assessments and ensure their feedback is considered in developing a more effective regulatory outcome that also has a favourable impact on business.

Proposed changes will be published online in a finalised Assessment before they are implemented. ARI does not apply to activities that result directly from new regulation, whether domestic or European, or – as made clear in the guidance - where changes are covered by Departmental Impact Assessments.

Businesses may find the following link useful on this matter: (page opens in a new browser window)

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which may also be useful.

If you wish to be contacted by VCA in these matters and are not on the VCA Enforcement mailing list, please email: