What is SKEP?

The SKEP network is a partnership of government environment ministries and environmental protection agencies, who seek to use the best available evidence to support their business activities. It is an independent network, supported by member subscriptions.

Through its objectives, the SKEP network aims to develop a coordinated evidence base for better environmental regulation, with clear links between science, implementation and policy

The SKEP (Scientific Knowledge for Environmental Protection) network developed from the EU-funded SKEP ERA-Net project; it became a self-funding partnership from 1 June 2009.


The following countries are full members within the SKEP Network;
GermanyNetherlandsBelgium, AustriaEngland and WalesScotlandNorthern IrelandIrelandSweden and Finland.


Regulatory Evidence Portal    


Better Regulation – the broad strategy to simplify and improve the quality of legislation and regulation – is high on the agenda in Europe.

Through the SKEP Regulatory Evidence Portal, we aim to bring together the evidence underpinning better regulation for the environment, and establish a community of practice involving environmental policy makers, regulators and experts from a range of academic disciplines across europe.

Enter the site to see our evidence syntheses, visit our library and access a range of resources.  Join the Regulatory Evidence Group where you can use our research map to identify experts and build collaborations. 



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Network news

Policy Science Interactions Conference 19th & 20th April 2012

23 Mar, 2012

Calling Scientists, policy makers, water managers, and NGO’s in the field of water management and climate change who are looking for new ways of strengthening the relationships between science, policy and society.

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SKEP Network Steering Committee Met on 14th and 15th March 2012

29 Feb, 2012

The SKEP Network Steering committee are meeting in London on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March.

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The SKEP Nanomaterials in REACH Report Published

23 Dec, 2011

This report provides a useful guide to authorities and EU member states in their future work on regulation and standardisation of nanomaterials. It provides a comprehensive overview of the known toxicity of nanomaterials to human health and the environment.

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