Welcome to our Autumn newsletter!

We hope you are well and still coping with the changes the pandemic has imposed on us all.

It won’t be a surprise to learn that there is a number of virus-related articles in this edition, including how Covid security has become the HSE’s new “top priority” and how it is enforcing this.

But away from the inevitable impacts of Coronavirus, we also bring you news including new environmental initiatives and strategies across the regulatory spectrum, the results of our annual Freedom of Information request of the Care Quality Commission and a new online scam alert system launched by the Advertising Standards Authority.

It is true to say that the pandemic has forced changes in regulatory behaviour across the board.  Many inspectors and officers are continuing to work from home, others are declining to receive mail and remote investigations are increasingly becoming the norm.  But there are also those who have never been busier; Trading Standards being a particular case in point.

As a team, we have been studying these changes of regulatory approach. Next month we will be bringing you a webinar to help you understand the implications and how you can best respond to regulatory interventions in the post-Covid era.  Watch out for the invite hitting your inbox in the coming week.

In the meantime, as always, we welcome your comments and questions so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

H&S Viewpoint: Better late than never

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H&S Viewpoint: Face coverings in public – an illogical minefield

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H&S News: Covid security now the HSE’s “top” priority

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H&S News: Courts already reducing sentences for Covid-impacted businesses

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H&S News: New HSE Chair appointed

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H&S News: HSE annual statistics published

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Care Quality Viewpoint: the results are in!

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Care Quality News: Third party concerns to direct future CQC investigation

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Environmental News: Agency publishes latest list of Enforcement Undertakings

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Environmental News: Plastic bag levy to be extended

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Environmental News: Recruitment underway for OEP Chair

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Environmental News: Natural England’s 3-point plan for the year ahead

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Fire Safety News: Draft Building Safety Bill published

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Inquest News: Parliament’s Justice Committee issues call for evidence

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Food News: EU halts novel food applications for CBD

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Trading Standards News: New scam alert system launched

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Trading Standards News: Covid taskforce reports again

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