Building regulations and fire safety review

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Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, described the Grenfell Tower tragedy as a "catastrophic failure" of the building regulations and fire safety systems established in Great Britain, and announced the launch of an independent expert advisory panel to understand and rectify the failures that occurred.

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety Terms of Reference was published by the Government on 30 August 2017. Led by Dame Judith Hackett, a chemical engineer with a regulatory background, the Review will be working alongside the Statutory Inquiry led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

The Review is intended to achieve two outcomes:

  • To make recommendations to ensure a robust regulatory system for the future; and
  • To provide assurances to existing residents of a working regulatory system, and the safety of the buildings that they are living in.

In order to achieve these outcomes the Review will be looking at frameworks both internationally and within other industries, and in making any recommendations the Review will consider potential impacts on other government objectives. 

Timeframes for the Review will see an interim report submitted in Autumn 2017, and the final report in Spring 2018. The government will provide responses to both reports, to be laid before Parliament.