In this case the client believed that they were going to be severely affected by a new EU directive and the UK law that was being implemented to enforce it.
The client was a large transportation company undertaking a major construction project. As part of its compliance process it had identified the new legal requirements but did not understand how to meet them or how to demonstrate compliance.
This was substantial risk as without demonstrated compliance the project could not be completed.
The first step was to review the existing UK and EU regulation to understand the purpose of the regulations and why they were being implemented in the way that they were.
I established that the the EU regulatory framework was one that was used across multiple industries as diverse as electronics and pressure vessels. However when it had been turned into UK law the industry safety regulator had used it to apply a new layer of safety standards. If the client had been in compliance with UK law he would not have been in compliance with the EU Directive.
The solution for the client was in two stages. The first stage was to set out how compliance with the EU requirements should be achieved. This was a systematic quality based assessment over much of the clients organisation. However it was able to draw on the client’s existing quality framework.
The second stage was a series of meetings with the industry regulator, where on the clients behalf, I made the case that the existing UK law was not fit for purpose. As a result the UK regulations were changed to allow a much lighter assessment.
The client saved an estimated $10 million in assume that and compliance costs due to the changed scope. This had a significant impact on the project being completed on time due to the decreased load on design and engineering departments.
UK law was changed to reflect the requirements of the EU Directive and this made the determination of compliance far easier for the entire industry.