Regulatory response to COVID-19 and EU Exit

SEPA is committed to supporting regulated businesses during EU Exit and COVID-19 whilst maintaining protection for Scotland’s environment, communities and our people.

SEPA is committed to supporting regulated businesses during EU Exit and COVID-19 whilst maintaining protection for Scotland’s environment, communities and our people.  We will listen, and quickly respond to any challenges as they emerge, and encourage early dialogue with us to achieve shared solutions. 

We have issued our Principles for Regulatory Approach to EU Exit and COVID-19 to provide clarity, on when we will consider taking a temporary regulatory position in relation to these unusual circumstances.

The transition period under the EU Withdrawal Agreement ends on 31 December 2020. We have taken the opportunity to bring together a regulatory approach which covers both COVID-19 and EU Exit.

To support businesses through the pandemic, SEPA published on 6 April 2020 a COVID-19 Philosophy alongside over-arching guidance on regulation during the pandemic and a number of temporary regulatory positions for specific issues where more detail was required.  Together, these set out how SEPA would regulate during the pandemic and what was expected of regulated businesses.

We stated that we would keep the COVID-19 Philosophy, all guidance and positions under review and that we would publish a report at the end of the pandemic setting out how they have been used and of the environmental outcomes of the crisis.

As we are not yet at the end of the pandemic we have issued a Review and Update document which sets out changes that we are now making to our philosophy, guidance and positions in light of experience. This has resulted in all previous documents being withdrawn and replaced with updated versions (below) or withdrawn entirely and not replaced.  A full review report will be prepared once the public health emergency is over.

 

Our regulatory approach

Temporary regulatory positions and guidance