The Forum's work currently covers six main areas of activity, all at the EU level. By clicking on the heading you can access all related documents:
This encompasses Impact Assessment (including identification of benefits of regulation, and understanding complex regulatory costs), Consultation, Access to Documents, and Ex Post Evaluation of Regulatory Decisions;
This includes the Precautionary Principle, Judicial Review and the Management of Risk, New Risk Management tools (such as listing, blacklists, mandatory substitution, and stigmatisation), Non-Scientific Factors and Risk Management, Role of Risk Perception in Risk Management, Risk Communication, codification of EU administrative procedures, and Global Trends in Risk Management
This focuses on the implementation of primary risk management laws and covers Agencies, Guidelines, Voluntary Standards, Labelling, Hazard Classification, Comitology, and the Lisbon Treaty’s Delegated and Implementing Acts;
This examines the way in which new types of risk are managed and includes New Technologies (such as biotechnology, mobile telephony, unconventional energy sources, and nanotechnology), Lifestyle Risks, Climate Change, Environment and Health, Complex Exposures, and the Impact of Regulation on Innovation;
This covers Risk Assessment, EU Scientific Committees, Quality of Scientific Evidence, Peer Review of Risk Assessments, Chief Scientific Adviser, Use of Evidence in Decision-Making, Understanding ‘Risk-Risk’, EU Courts and Scientific Evidence, and the Role of Science in Risk Management;
This work theme focuses on the convergence of global ideas about the best way to manage risks, taking account of trends in the EU, USA, Canada, other OECD countries and Asia. It highlights new ideas, examines global regulatory spill-overs, and analyses the role of the EU as a “global thought leader”.
Innovation is the single most important driver of societal prosperity and is indispensable for sustainable development and economic growth. Without innovation European industry will lose its competitive advantage and attractiveness for investment and fall behind other economies. The ERF Innovation Principle introduces a balance to regulatory measures ensuring continuity of innovation while maintaining a high level of risk management.