Alongside our Strategy and Values, we have articulated a set of five regulatory principles that underpin our approach to regulation. These are a set of principles we are guided by when carrying out our work to improve aviation and aerospace for consumers and the public.
Our Regulatory Principles
Understanding and addressing riskWe will understand and address safety, security, and consumer protection risks across the sector, for the benefit of consumers and the general public. We will be clear that primary responsibility lies with those delivering the activity and require them to show us how they manage their own risk. We will work with partners where they are best placed to deliver better outcomes
One of the main reasons for having an aviation regulator is to protect the public from risks they can’t reasonably assess or protect themselves from, the impacts of which could be very significant. We need to understand and ensure risks are managed in a system-wide way.
Delivering unique valueWe will take a proactive, collaborative approach to the functioning and development of the regulatory system in the UK and worldwide. We will facilitate and nurture innovation and help others to do the same. We will deliver independent regulatory oversight within the legislative and policy framework set by Parliament and Government.
This principle is about what we bring to the table as an organisation. There are some areas where only an independent regulator can perform the role. We need to be able to identify these areas and demonstrate the value we add.
Acting proportionatelyWe will explore different ways of achieving desired outcomes, regulating only where we have to. The benefits expected from our regulation will outweigh any burden or cost we impose. We will maintain a strong understanding of the differences among the organisations and individuals we regulate and will tailor regulatory approaches accordingly.
Engaging proactively and transparentlyWe will constantly look outwards and challenge ourselves to prepare for sectoral and technological innovation and new challenges. We will draw on a wide range of evidence, ideas, and feedback from those we regulate and wider society to inform our decisions. We will be clear about how our actions and decisions may affect our stakeholders. We will publish appropriate information in a clear and accessible manner to ensure transparency.
Independence and accountability are absolutely fundamental for any regulator. Transparency is what brings independence and accountability alive. It helps prevent any regulator from becoming complacent, self-interested or beholden to a subset of stakeholders.
Acting on our combined insightWe will value the collective insights of the CAA, and continually encourage innovative approaches in our work. We will draw on evidence, data, best practice, and external insights, particularly when balancing competing interests or considering trade-offs.
Applying the Principles
These principles are an articulation of our regulatory approach, which is designed to improve safety, security and consumer protection outcomes. We will be guided by the principles when designing, prioritising or implementing regulatory activities. We also have regard to the Principles of Good Regulation, the Regulators’ Code and the Regulators’ Growth Duty, and are guided by the consumer principles which provide a consumer focused lens for regulation.
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