Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

In 2011, the Lofstedt report (Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety legislation) proposed that the Government looked at introducing a challenge mechanism that allows for cases of incorrect, over-application of health and safety law to be addressed.

The panel has now been launched.


The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel will look into complaints regarding advice given by Health and Safety Executive or Local Authority inspectors about health and safety which you think is incorrect or exceeds what is required to control the risk adequately.

The panel consists of independent members who have the ability and experience to assess advice that has been given on regulatory matters.

Before you raise an issue with the panel, you should have first tried to resolve the matter with the Inspector and their manager.

What to expect - the panel's role:

  • Your issue will be put before panel members who will review it thoroughly and inform you of its findings.
  • The panel will only consider cases from 30 June 2011 onwards and the outcome will be made available on the Health and Safety Executive website.
  • The panel is advisory and the regulators will respect the independence of the panel.

If you want to contact the Panel: The Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel

If you are still not satisfied with the findings of the Independent Regulatory Challenge Panel, you can make a complaint through the Council's Corporate Complaint procedure.

If you are still not satisfied you can complain to The Local Government Ombudsman.

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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