RF2 - Foresight to support the advisory function
Government departments that have to decide on the most appropriate way of framing a statutory requirement need advice on what can be measured with confidence, and how long it will take to develop technology capable of operating at proposed regulatory limits. Similarly, executive agencies and other public bodies responsible for enforcing legislation need scientific advice when deciding on their priorities or developing official guidance. In these situations, the GC is called upon to provide the advice required.
The GC must undertake the necessary work and research to ensure that such advice remains effective. This will include:
- identifying key legislation under development that has a high dependency on analytical chemistry and establishing dialogue with main stakeholders to determine main analytical issues affecting the implementation of regulation, enforcement and compliance;
- working with stakeholders to ensure that future regulation and enforcement is based on sound analytical science;
- providing advice to industry and trade associations on interpretation of regulations and actions needed to ensure compliance;
- providing feedback to Government about the capability of analytical science to determine reliably whether a regulatory requirement can be or has been met;
- Responding to official consultations and calls by providing documentary evidence to inform the development of regulation that includes analytical requirements.