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UK - ILGRA's Risk Communication Sub-Group

ILGRA's Risk Communication Sub-Group had a remit to promote good practice in risk communication across Government.

It was chaired by the UK's Department of Health.

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An interdepartmental Risk Communication Bench Mark Study was undertaken by AEA Technology, to develop and test through a series of case studies and workshops, a set of benchmark principles for Government Departments to improve risk communication activities.

The results of the study were used to develop guidance for departments, principally for policy makers. The aim was to enable Departments to review the way they develop and implement risk policy so that risk communication can be incorporated more fully into mainstream policy development, implementation and evaluation.

The resulting guidance Risk Communication - a guide to Regulatory Practice was endorsed by ILGRA. It set out four simple principles to help Departments look critically at what they do and improve the way they communicate about risks. It provided a framework of questions to help departments and agencies implement the first and fundamental principle of integrating communication into the regulatory process. It also provided some simple guidance, illustrations and pointers to developing good practice on the support principles - listening to stakeholders, tailoring the messages and managing the process.

It was launched by the UK's Cabinet Office Better Regulation Unit on 10th August 1998, with their guidance The Better Regulation Guide and Regulatory Impact Assessment .

You may also be interested in the UK's Department of Health guide Communicating about risks to public health - pointers to good practice, which offers good practice guidance to those dealing with actual or potential public health risks.

Updated 2009-05-21