Innogen’s co-Director has been appointed as a member of the UK Government’s new Regulatory Horizons Council, an independent expert committee set up to provide impartial, expert advice on the regulatory reform required to support the rapid and safe introduction of new technologies.
The Regulatory Horizons Council has been established by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is an outcome of the White Paper: Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to which Innogen’s PAGIT Report contributed. In this paper, the Government sets out its plan to maintain a world-leading regulatory system that supports and stimulates innovation.
The Council will contribute to shape the future regulation of innovative products, services and business models by making recommendations to government on broad priorities for regulatory reform, based on the potential benefit for the UK economy and society while protecting citizens and the environment. One of the first areas to be addressed in the next six months is the future regulation of gene based technologies in the UK.
The five Council members appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to serve a 2-year term are: Alastair Denniston, Andy Greenfield, Matt Ridley, Parag Vyas and Joyce Tait. They will work with the previously appointed Chair, Cathryn Ross.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to an area that has been a key aspect of my research for the past fifteen years and I am particularly looking forward to working on the issues and opportunities for gene based technologies”, says Joyce Tait, Innogen co-Director.