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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:
Environment Agency Economics Framework
Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA) have again been awarded a place on the Environment Agency’s National Framework Agreement for Applied Environmental Economics, which will cover environmental and ecosystem service valuation, cost-benefit analysis, economic appraisal and impact assessment across the complete range of EA work. Read More.
Nanomaterials on the EU Market
The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) has commissioned RPA and BiPRO GmbH to undertake a study to support the Commission on the preparation of an impact assessment to identify and develop the most adequate way to increase transparency and ensure regulatory oversight for nanomaterials. The first stage is to examine the impacts of the French Notification System (FNS) and the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP). Stakeholders who have notified nanomaterials under the FNS and/or the CPNP are being invited to share their experiences. Read more.
Coal Authority Mine Water Treatment Study
Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA) have been awarded a dual contract by the Coal Authority to undertake benefits assessments for mine water treatment at eight case study sites, including former coal mines and metalliferous mines, within Britain. Read more.
Online Consumer Reviews of Hotels (DG SANCO)
RPA has been contracted by the European Commission (DG Health and Consumers) to carry out a study on the use of online consumer reviews of hotels, consumers’ reliance on such reviews and possible harm caused by biased presentation of reviews or fake reviews. Please click here for more information.
European Consumer Policy Framework (DG Sanco)
RPA have been awarded a Framework Contract for the provision of evaluation, impact assessment and related services to the European Commission in the area of consumer protection. This programme aims to build on the previous Framework Contract (SANCO/2008/01/055) by focusing action on the empowerment of the consumer through safety, information and education, rights and redress and enforcement actions.
DecaBDE work for ECHA
DecaBDE is an organohalogen substance which is used as a flame retardant. ECHA intends to submit a Restrictions Dossier by 1 August 2014 and RPA has been contracted by ECHA to collect and provide relevant information on the markets, uses, releases of, and alternatives for DecaBDE read more.
Mobile Telephone Chargers Harmonisation (DG Ent)
DG Enterprise and Industry have contracted RPA to carry out an evaluation of the effectiveness, efficiency, utility and sustainability of the European Commission's Memorandum of Understanding of 2009 which promotes the harmonisation of chargers for mobile telephones and, indirectly, other small portable electronic devices and their chargers. Stakeholdes are being asked for their views - read more.
Natural England Framework Contract
RPA have been enlisted to provide advice and guidance to Natural England's national specialists and operational team staff in relation to coastal risk management economics and standards of defence for coastal nature conservation assets which are at risk of flooding. This consultation forms part of a Framework Contract on Shoreline Management and Geomorphological Advice.
EU Semester Study (DG Env)
The European Commission contracted RPA to conduct a study on Economic and Social Benefits of Environmental Protection and Resource Efficiency for the DG Environment-led European Semester. The final report has now been published and you can click here to read it, or find out more.
RPA receives Living Wage Employer Accreditation
We are very pleased to announce that RPA has been awarded an accreditation as a Living Wage Employer. Please click here for more details.
Flood Resilience Study (Northants County Council)
RPA is conducting a study for Northamptonshire County Council into the finance mechanisms used to prepare for, and recover quickly following flooding. If you have had any experience of organising and sourcing finance for flood preparations or recovery measures for your community or as an individual, we would like to hear about it. Please click here for more details.
Growth for RPA
RPA are very pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Central London. Please click here for details.
Marine Protected Areas (Defra)
Defra commissioned RPA, with support from BACC, Ichthys Marine and RSS Marine, to conduct a study entitled 'Value of the Impact of Marine Protected Areas on Recreation and Tourism Services' following the designation of national Marine Conservation Areas. You can view the recently published Case Study Final Report here.
If you would like to find out more about RPA's marine studies, click 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.
If you would like to find out more about marine litter, click 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.