What it does
The Regulatory Scrutiny Board is an independent body of the Commission that offers advice to the College. It provides a central quality control and support function for Commission impact assessment and evaluation work. The Board examines and issues opinions and recommendations on all the Commission's draft impact assessments and major evaluations and fitness checks of existing legislation.
Quality assurance role
The Regulatory Scrutiny Board replaces the Impact Assessment Board and has wider responsibilities than its predecessor. Through its work, the Board contributes to the implementation of the Better regulation agenda.
The Board examines and issues opinions on the quality of draft reports relating to:
- impact assessments, developed during the preparation of new initiatives
- major retrospective evaluations of a single policy or law, and fitness checks of multiple policies and laws
The Board opinions contain recommendations for Commission services on how to improve draft reports.
How it works
A positive opinion is needed from the Board for an initiative accompanied by an impact assessment to be tabled for adoption by the Commission. In case of a negative opinion, the draft report must be reviewed and resubmitted to the Board. The opinion accompanies the draft initiative together with the impact assessment throughout the Commission's political decision-making.
All impact assessments and the related opinions of the Board are published online once the Commission has adopted the relevant proposal. Reports of evaluations and fitness checks and the related Board opinions are also published online.
The board is chaired by a Commission director-general and consists of:
- Three high-level Commission officials
- Three experts recruited from outside the Commission
All members work for the Board full-time, with no other policy responsibilities. The Board acts independently from the policy-making departments and from any European institution, body, office or agency.
The Regulatory Scrutiny Board holds itself accountable. It publishes a report annually that presents what the Board has done to deliver on its mission. The annual reports also reflect on current trends and practices in better regulation policy as these pertain to the European Commission.