The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has made progress putting better regulation principles into practice according to a new report from the Better Regulation Executive published today.
The report, part of a series of reviews of national regulators, examined how the MCA matched up to the principles of effective regulation set out by Philip Hampton in 2005. The MCA works to prevent loss of life, improve maritime safety, and protect the marine environment.
The report set out a number of important areas where the MCA could look to strengthen its performance, but recognised the progress it has made, including:
- operating in an international regulatory environment where it maintains its world class reputation for quality;
- its risk-based outlook, using its standing positively to influence the progress of the international regulatory framework; and
- the excellent level of communication with external stakeholders and evidence that this leads to positive changes across the sector.
The report found that not all Hampton principles were fully embedded within the MCA, and recommended:
- a more systematic implementation of regulation;
- greater focus on, and advice tailored to, smaller and more specific sectors, rather than solely concentrating on larger businesses; and
- strengthening the MCA’s commitment to customer focus with consistency.
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