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Purpose of the Forum

The COMAH Strategic Forum (CSF) is a partnership of high level representatives from the COMAH Competent Authority (CA) and industry and was initially established (2013) to serve as a steering group to support the CA's response to the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) Review of Enforcement in the Chemicals Industry.

The COMAH Competent Authority (CA) is represented by each of the five constituent bodies: HSE, Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), EA, SEPA and NRW.  Industry representation is drawn from trade associations with members operating major hazard (COMAH) businesses. Government departmental engagement with the Strategic Forum is also anticipated, with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) advising on and representing wider government interests.

This joint Forum provides industry and the CA with a means for strategic discussion on how they can work together to provide leadership and encourage continuous improvement in the inspection, management and control (including emergency preparedness and response) of major accident hazards across the onshore industries.

Read more about CSF terms of reference.