Business Facilitation: Business Consultation e-Platform and Business Impact Assessment

Business Facilitation: Business Consultation e‑Platform and Business Impact Assessment

Conduct business consultation, assess the business impact of regulatory requirements

Business Consultation e-Platform

Access consultation information relating to proposed regulations, administrative measures and procedures that would impact business and to offer views and comments.

Current Consultation Exercises

Bureau / Department / Organisation Title Consultation period
Environment and Ecology Bureau
Environmental Protection Department
Proposed Amendments to the Noise Control Ordinance (Cap. 400) 9 August 2023 to 8 October 2023
Environment and Ecology Bureau
Review of the Air Quality Objectives 31 August 2023 to 31 October 2023



Upcoming Consultation Exercises

Bureau / Department / Organisation Title Consultation period
Transport Department
Product certification arrangement under the regulation on the use of electric mobility devices (EMDs) Starting Q3 – Q4 2023
Commerce and Economic Development Bureau
Proposed updates to safety standards for toys and children’s products 1 to 31 December 2023
  • The list of business consultation exercises provided in this e-Platform may not be exhaustive.
  • There may be occasional time lapse between the publishing of information on consultation activities and posting of such information on this e-Platform.
Business Impact Assessment

Business Impact Assessment

Through conducting business impact assessments, the Government can grasp the concerns and compliance difficulties of the affected trades in complying with the regulatory proposals, which will facilitate the bureaux/ departments to enhance or fine-tune their regulatory proposals.

Business Impact Assessment Framework and tasks under different stages:

  • Understand problem, desired outcome and regulatory proposal

  • Review rationale for government intervention

  • Conduct research on overseas best practices and international standards

  • Identify options (e.g. non-regulatory option)

  • Analyse industry / business structure and value chain

  • Assess affected business segments

  • Identify major business stakeholders groups

  • Design business consultation

  • Conduct business consultation

  • Assess benefits to business, compliance difficulties, cost of compliance and administrative burden

  • Assess impact on competition and small and medium-sized firms

  • Identify important issues from an industry perspective that the Government needs to consider or address. Identify key challenges faced by the industry on compliance issues and any unintended consequences

  • Consolidate analysis of impact assessment findings

  • Propose changes to regulatory proposal (including recommendations on mitigation measures, enforcement strategy and approach, and monitoring and evaluation mechanism)