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National Risk Assessments

A Cross Country Perspective

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This report provides a synthetic view of national risk assessments (NRAs) in twenty OECD Member countries. NRA are used to support risk management decisions in a rapidly changing global risk landscape characterized by increasingly complex, interconnected societies and highly mobile people, information and goods. The report highlights good governance practices in establishing NRAs and how the results are used to inform public policy. It identifies challenges that OECD Member countries continue to confront in their efforts to implement NRA, and makes concrete recommendations where improvements could still be made.

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom National Risk Assessment has been in place (in its present form) since 2005 and has been guided by legislation, the Civil Contingencies Act of 2004. The process is co-ordinated by the UK Cabinet Office and looks forward in a time scale of (a 5 year period) drawing of expertise from a wide range of departments, agencies, academia and external experts. It has an all of government approach using evidence to determine the range of risk that the UK should be prepared for. The NRA is designed to function as a top down process and guides the identification of risk for the whole of the UK, guiding regional entities in the identification of their own risks as mandated by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. In respect to transparency and accountability, the NRA is published in an abridged form but there is widespread consultation and input internally within government circles and subject matter experts.

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