The Department for the Economy (DfE) has responsibility for ensuring that Northern Ireland Departments operate good regulatory and enforcement practices.

DfE's role

DfE commits to the principles of better regulation in policy making and will utilise the full range of relevant impact assessment tools as part of policy and strategy development.

Since 2001, Northern Ireland Departments have been operating under the Northern Ireland Better Regulation Strategy. The Strategy was introduced by the then Northern Ireland Executive to minimise the burden of red tape on business.

Review of business red tape

The Review of Northern Ireland Business Red Tape was completed in 2014 and was led by the former Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on behalf of the then Minister and the Executive.

The NI Executive was keen for the review to look to improve the regulatory landscape in Northern Ireland, and reduce unnecessary burden where it may exist for businesses. The team relied heavily on positive engagement with business representative bodies, businesses and NI departments and regulators.

Online feedback

The NICS departments are all committed to better regulation and improving the regulatory environment for legitimate business throughout Northern Ireland.

The NICS has a web feedback form giving businesses the opportunity to comment specifically on a regulation that is having a direct impact on them.

The form is designed for businesses to comment on those regulatory issues which come directly under the remit of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.  

You are encouraged to actively use the form for relevant NI regulations which, for whatever reason, causes you concern and departmental officials are committed to responding directly to these.  

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