The Impact Assessment Board is a central quality control and support function working under the authority of the Commission President. It was created at the end of 2006.
The Board examines and issues opinions on all the Commission's draft impact assessments. In principle, a positive opinion is needed from the Board for an initiative to be tabled for adoption by the Commission. The opinion accompanies the draft initiative together with the impact assessment throughout the Commission's political decision-making. All impact assessments and all IAB opinions are published once the Commission has adopted the relevant proposal.
The Board is independent of the policy making departments. It is chaired by the Deputy Secretary General responsible for Smart Regulation and its members are Commission high-level officials appointed in a personal capacity and on the basis of their expert knowledge.