In the middle of 2011 the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills issued a consultation document on transforming regulatory enforcement. ABCB responded to the consultation to promote the use of accredited certification to support regulatory enforcement. The executive summary of the government's response to the consultation recognizes the opportunity for certification and accreditation to contribute to a co-regulation approach and states:
- 'There is a huge untapped potential for business and others to be more involved – co-designing enforcement strategies with the regulator, using certification or accreditation so as to tailor regulation with the business in mind, rather than the state – and, while a start has been made, we need to see more.'
The full government response can be accessed through the following link http://www.bis.gov.uk/ (pdf)