Consultation on an Integrated Authorisation Framework: Supporting guidance

Closed 22 Dec 2017

Opened 28 Sep 2017


This consultation is in two parts.  This part of the consultation seeks your views on supporting guidance.  Please read the related documents at the bottom of this page before responding to the online survey below.

If you would like to comment on the other part on the draft regulations, please complete the draft regulations survey on a different page.

In January 2017, the Scottish Government and SEPA consulted on proposals for an integrated authorisation framework. The aim of the framework is to integrate, as far as possible, the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements relating to water, waste management, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control. The integrated authorisation framework will be developed in a phased manner, starting with radioactive substances.

The framework has a key role to play in enabling SEPA to delivers its regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity. It will help SEPA to deliver proportionate, joined up, outcome focused regulation that significantly simplifies the regulatory landscape and reduces regulatory burden. This benefits SEPA, those SEPA regulates and through supporting compliance, the environment. 

In this further consultation we are consulting on the draft regulations which will make the framework a reality. It sets out the common framework and technical requirements relating to radioactive substances.

In addition, this consultation package also seeks your views on supporting key SEPA guidance that will support implementation of the framework. These are:

  • Public participation statement;
  • Guidance on who can hold an authorisation; and
  • An authorisation guide for radioactive substances activities.

We are consulting jointly with the Scottish Government because we believe that it is important that stakeholders can consider how these proposals fit together as a whole.

Please tell us what you think.

Responding by post or email

You can also respond by sending your views and comments on the proposals in this paper to the following address:

Wendy Thornton, Regulatory Reform Manager

SEPA 3rd Floor
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh EH12 7AT

Responses should be submitted to us by 22 December 2017. Earlier responses would be welcome.

If responding by post or email, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form with your response.

If you ask for your response not to be published it will be regarded as confidential and treated accordingly.


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