Monday January 25, 2021
OPSS Assesses Primary Authority Performance
A pilot program for the UK's Primary Authority system found three benefits and four challenges. The system aims to give companies centralized locations for advice on regulations and standards, including about product safety.
The pilot – run by the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) – involved "Growth Hubs" built around the nation's existing Local Authority system. Benefits included:
As for the challenges, the OPSS authors deemed them unlikely to be impediments, and, indeed, most of the concerns were addressed during the pilot. They involved:
There also are about a dozen recommendations, ranging from simplified referral processes to specific procedures related to mitigating delays. Almost three years ago, the then-new OPSS put out a Primary Authority FAQ (PSL, 3/5/18). It was a supplement to a then-recent guide from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.