Regulatory reform orders are a type of statutory instrument. Under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001, ministers can make changes to the law to remove burdens affecting people carrying on any activity. The 2001 Act has largely been replaced by the Legislative Reform Act 2006 and legislative reform orders, but ministers can still amend orders made under the original 2001 Act.

The Regulatory Reform Committee (a cross-party Committee of MPs) examines all regulatory reform orders. The Committee considers whether the House’s attention should be drawn to the order for procedural or drafting reasons (but doesn’t consider the merit of the order itself or the policy behind it). The Committee is also required to report to the House if it thinks the order should be annulled or not made. There is an equivalent Committee in the House of Lords.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is an example of a regulatory reform order.