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Seminar Overview

According to the OECD, ‘Regulatory impact assessment (RIA) is a systemic approach to critically assess the positive and negative effects of proposed and existing regulations and non-regulatory alternatives. It encompasses a range of methods and is an important element of an evidence-based approach to policy making.

OECD analysis shows that conducting RIA within an appropriate systematic framework can underpin the capacity of governments to ensure that regulations are efficient and effective in a changing and complex world’.


This half day online seminar will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the Regulatory Impact Assessment process at a basic level. 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.


During the seminar, we will hear from two government department representatives who will discuss their respective RIA’s and outline their practical experience of conducting such an assessment.


Learning Outcomes

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 representatives from Government Departments speak about their practical experience of doing RIAs in recent times. 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.


Who Should Attend?

Those responsible for RIAs in their everyday work will find this seminar of particular benefit and it will also provide attendees who a good foundational knowledge of what a RIA is and the key stages of the RIA process.



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 PAI. He holds an MA in Economics from University College Dublin, and a Fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


Richard Alcorn, Regulatory Policy Analyst, OECD


Gráinne O’ Carroll, Principal Officer,

Digital Economy Policy and Data Access Unit

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment


Fiona Larthwell, Principal Officer,

Older Persons Service Oversight and Planning Unit

Department of Health



Full Course Details

Title: Regulatory Impact Assessment – Half Day Seminar
Date: Friday, July 15th 2021
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
CPD: 3.5 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery
: Online
Fee: €325



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