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Risk & Policy Analysts Limited (RPA) is an independent consultancy providing expert advice to both public and private sector clients around the world. RPA provides high quality and innovative strategic analysis skills to assist decision makers with the development and implementation of sustainable policies.
Recently awarded contracts include:
Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
The European Commission has tasked RPA to carry out an analysis of existing schemes which provide information on the content of construction products. Read more.
Roofing and Cladding Material Survey
RPA is undertaking a survey of the market for roofing and cladding materials. Read more.
Consumer Credit Directive (CCD)
Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA) and its partners - Milieu and EPRD - have been commissioned by the European Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) in cooperation with the European Commission (DG SANCO) to undertake an in-depth review of how Member States have implemented (or not) the legal choices which were provided under the CCD and what impacts may be attributable to these legal choices. Read more.
Restrictions on Cadmium in Plastics
The European Commission has recently requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare an Annex XV dossier to consider whether the use of cadmium compounds in certain plastics should be subject to further restrictions. RPA has been contracted by ECHA to collect and provide relevant information on the markets, uses, releases of and alternatives for this use of cadmium and its compounds. Read more.
EU Vehicle Charging Systems (DG Ent)
The European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry has recently assigned RPA to carry out a study to assess the costs and benefits of adopting certain electric vehicle plug and socket charging systems within the European Union. We are now undertaking an extensive stakeholder consultation exercise through questionnaires. Read more.
European Footwear Study (DG Ent)
The European Commission contracted RPA to undertake an assessment of the situation of the footwear sector in the EU and prospects for its future development. The study involved a combination of literature research, a questionnaire survey of key stakeholders in the sector and case studies in nine different footwear-producing regions in seven Member States of the EU. These studies have now been published by DG Enterprise and Industry and you can read the full Final Report here and the summary here on RPA's website.
Additionally, you can find out more about the Directive here.
Cableways Directive Impact Assessment (DG Ent)
A 2011 report by the European Commission identified a number of issues relating to the Cableways Directive (2000/9/EC) of 2004 and RPA were subsequently commissioned to conduct an impact assessment for the various options for revision.
Marine Littering Feasibility Study
In line with the European Commission's Marine Directive, DG Environment commissioned RPA to analyse measures to prevent and/or clean up litter, including plastic litter, and to reduce the quantity of litter that could potentially reach the seas. The findings of this Pilot Project have now been published and you can read the Final Report and Annexes here.
If you would like to find out more about marine litter, click here.
Thanks from Marshall!
Thanks to everybody who voted to support Marshall's quest
to become an astronaut!
Marshall managed to make the top 200 from over 80,000 participants and will now participate in a series of physical and mental tests in July 2013 to try and reach the final few selected for the international space cadet training centre in Florida.
Tourism analyses published by the European Commission (DG Ent)
RPA was commissioned by DG Enterprise and Industry, Tourism Policy Development Unit to carry out a wide ranging analysis of European legislation, and other initiatives, as well as EU funding programmes impacting the tourism sector. The study has two outputs: an overview of current policies and analysis of their impact on tourism, including suggestions of how these could be used to enhance tourism (Volume 1) as well as a guide to funding programmes (current Multiannual Financial Framework 2007-2013 and next Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020) which can be used by the stakeholders (Volume 2).
REACH Reporting published by the European Commission
RPA provided technical assistance to the European Commission in preparing a general report on the experience gained with the REACH Regulation. This included a review of the reporting of Member States (MS) and ECHA, as well as information about funding made available by the Commission for the development and evaluation of alternative test methods. You can read the Final Report and Annexes here.
REACH Health and Environmental Benefits
As part of the five year evaluation of the implementation of the REACH Regulation, RPA, with support from Ökopol and DHI, reviewed the extent to which the anticipated health and environmental benefits have been realised. Read/download from RPA's report page.
These and related REACH studies have been been published by DG Environment here.
In Memoriam – Jan Vernon
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Dr Jan Vernon who passed away unexpectedly in January 2013. She was much loved and respected as a friend, mentor and colleague by all at RPA over the 15 years that she was here. She was highly regarded by all who worked with her for her professional approach and integrity as well as her ever present sense of humour. She will be truly missed.