Streamlining the regulatory journey for offshore oil and gas decommissioning

DecomRegHub Regulatory Forum

The DecomRegHub partnership aims to support UK and Scottish Government objectives of minimising the cost of decommissioning to the taxpayer and industry whilst ensuring high standards of environmental protection and safety. It was set up to streamline the regulatory journey for offshore oil and gas decommissioning, promote regulatory clarity and coordination around decommissioning, and help industry understand compliance expectations, meet their obligations efficiently, and identify and exploit opportunities

The Regulatory Forum provides a platform where regulators working in offshore oil and gas decommissioning can collaboratively address key cross-regulatory challenges and problems in the decommissioning life cycles, and identify shared opportunities for innovation. The Forum is supported by senior managers from each participating regulator, with support from regulatory and technical staff as required.

The Forum operates on five key principles:

  • Collegiate - the Forum is transparent and consultative, dealing with subjects that affect multiple regulators
  • Multi-regulator - the Forum will not be used to solve problems that are the sole concern of only one partner regulator
  • Progressive - the Forum will achieve goals that positively impact the regulatory process and the decommissioning sector
  • Outcomes effectively communicated - the Forum will record any agreed decisions and positions and make these available as appropriate
  • Independent - the Forum will not intervene in the decision making processes of any participating regulator

Our model for the Forum's operation is shown below.

A downloadable version of this image can be found here​. More information on the operation of the Forum can be found in our Terms of Reference


What issues can be considered by the Forum

To date, we have run Regulatory Forums to bring clarity to the regulatory roles and remits of each partner regulator.  We have applied this knowledge to novel issues arising from the increase in decommissioning work, such as regulating the decommissioning and removal of NORM-contaminated pipelines and coordinating regulatory input into Decommissioning Programme consultations.

We can help with:

- industry and regulatory queries around emerging decommissioning processes

- issues where regulatory requirements appear to conflict

- clarifying which regulator or regulators need to be consulted about aspects of a decommissioning operation.


We can't help with:

- issues relating to only one regulator (please contact them directly)

- issues relating to breaches of regulatory compliance - please report immediately to relevant regulator(s)


More information can be found in our FAQ's


Contacting the Forum

The best way to raise an issue for the Forum to consider is through our contact form .  Upon receipt, we will determine if this issue falls within the Forum's remit, based on the principles above. We will respond as soon as possible, signposting to other resources if available.  Any issues which can't be resolved immediately will be put on the agenda for discussion at the next available Forum meeting.

Please note any queries should be submitted at least 10 days before the Forum sits to allow for production and circulation of meeting papers. Forum dates for FY2020/21 are to be confirmed in light of current circumstances but are anticipated to be held in July 2020, October 2020 and January 2021. 


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