Regulatory response to COVID-19, cyber-attack and EU exit

SEPA is committed to supporting regulated businesses during COVID-19 and following EU Exit.  Whilst SEPA remains impacted by a complex and sophisticated cyber-attack the organisation continues to maintain protections for Scotland’s environment, communities and our people. 

SEPA is committed to supporting regulated businesses during EU exit and COVID-19 and our response to the cyber-attack 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.

We have also published an Approach to Delivery of Services until June 2021 in response to the cyber-attack which has impacted SEPA systems.

 

 

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.

In response to the cyber-attack on SEPA, which took place on 24 December 2020, we have now published Approach to Delivery of Services until June 2021 where we explain the approach that we are going to take to doing our work at SEPA over the first six months of 2021.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we have kept all guidance and positions under review, as set out in our COVID-19 Philosophy, and issued a Review and Update. This has resulted in all previous documents being withdrawn and replaced with updated versions (below) or withdrawn entirely and not replaced.

 

 

Our regulatory approach

Temporary regulatory positions and guidance