Regulatory reform


Over the years, Sira Consulting has helped many governments to gain a profound insight into the socio-economic effects of rules and regulations. Both at home in the Netherlands and abroad, for example in the USA, Ireland, South Africa, Vietnam, Turkey and Malaysia. What benefits you most, is our ability to quantify the impact of regulations on society. In plain numbers: €, $ or any other currency. This allows you to identify opportunities to improve regulatory quality and to further compliance.

Reducing regulatory burden

Our added value is our ability to achieve tangible reductions of regulatory burden for businesses, citizens and the government itself. We have grown a great deal of experience by working with different levels of authorities. By sharing this experience and through constant interaction with experts from around the world, we can develop innovative regulatory practices and new methodologies aimed at regulatory reform.

We achieved to identify and implement reduction measures, to prevent unnecessary regulatory burden, to realise national reduction targets and to successfully resolve bottlenecks in government policies and procedures. We consider our greatest accomplishment the knowledge transfer realised by working together harmoniously with our clients.

Our services

Below you find a list of our services. There we describe briefly what it entails and what makes our project approach and methodology innovative. We have over a decade of experience with reducing regulatory burden and implementing regulatory reforms. Our work is based on national and international standards and guidelines such as the Standard Cost Model (SCM) and Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIA).

If you want to know more about our projects and experience please do not hesitate to contact us.


AB Baseline measurements

Laws and regulations are necessary, but regulating a society and an economy imposes costs on businesses and citizens. Nevertheless, business and citizens complain about Red Tape and all obligations to comply with government formalities. An AB baseline measurement provides governments with the necessary information to understand what these complains are about by quantifying the burdens and providing reduction measures.

Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)

A Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) provides insight in the impact of newly proposed (or changes in existing) legislation on citizens and businesses. These impacts can be positive or negative. Examples are an increase of regulatory burden, the need for new investments, significant market effects/impacts, or other socio-economic and societal effects. An understanding of the effects of proposed legislation is crucial if you want to improve legislation and government processes.

The CAR Methodology – A business sector approach

Businesses incur costs complying with obligations laid out in various laws and regulations. To determine the extent in which all these regulatory costs impact on profits, we developed the CAR methodology. This methodology provides us with a clear and unambiguous insight into the impact of legislation on profitability and viability in a specific business sector. This insight enables a sector to bring specific regulatory pressures to the attention of government authorities.

The Standard Cost Model (SCM) – A national approach

Businesses and citizens spend annually time and money to comply with (information) obligations codified in rules and regulations. Sira Consulting provides you the tools and/or capacity to measure these regulatory burdens and to identify reduction measures. Indeed, with effective and efficient regulations we create space for innovation, economic growth and social participation. Besides these effects reducing regulatory burden also, cuts costs for governments, ensures transparency and reduces corruption.

Designing regulatory reform

Regulatory reform concerns the improvement of the quality of government regulation. Regulatory reform is about designing and evaluating policies and regulations transparently, with evidence, and backed up by the views of businesses, citizens and other stakeholders. Regulatory reform may cover all policy areas and aims for targeted regulation that goes no further than required, in order to achieve policy objectives and bring benefits at minimum cost.