Authority Scheme (PAS)
Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (RESA 2008) came into effect
on 1st October 2008 and, amongst other things, it makes provision for
more consistent and coordinated regulatory enforcement by establishing the
Primary Authority Scheme.
The Primary Authority Scheme is a
statutory scheme administered by the Better
Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) and is the gateway to simpler, more
successful local regulation which enables businesses to form a statutory
partnership with a single local authority, which then provides robust and
reliable advice for other authorities to take into account when carrying out
inspections or dealing with non-compliance.
Regardless of its size, a business
operating across local authority boundaries can form a primary authority
partnership with a single local authority in relation to regulatory compliance.
These partnerships can cover environmental health and trading standards or
specific functions such as food safety or petroleum licensing. From 6th
April 2014 the legislation will be extended to fire safety, the reform being
part of the government’s drive to reduce burdens on business by ensuring that
necessary regulations are enforced more efficiently.
Businesses should be able to rely on the
fire safety advice received from Fire and Rescue Services in the knowledge that
it is expert opinion and a secure basis for investment and operational
decisions. Primary Authority addresses inconsistency and delivers assured
advice and fits well with the Government strategy for better regulation by
confidence and certainty for business
reduction in costs and other burdens for businesses and regulators
risk-based targeting of regulatory resources
protections for communities and traders
prosperity for local areas
responsibility for business
Further Information about Primary
Authority can be accessed via the following links: