On 29 March 2023, the government published its AI white paper setting out its regulatory approach to AI in the UK.
- the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and the Office for Artificial Intelligence published a report containing supportive evidence regarding the analysis of impacts for artificial intelligence governance. The report provides evidence pertaining to the following options for regulatory framework for AI governance in the UK: rely on the current regulations without introducing AI-specific regulation; establish a central AI governance regime; and making changes to existing regulations to integrate AI and utilise existing regulators to regulate.Within its AI white paper, the government highlighted its intentions to adopt the last of these options in its approach towards an AI regulatory framework. The government will leverage the existing Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF), which already co-ordinates between regulators, to develop a consistent regulatory guidance for AI across all sectors.
- the Secretary of State for DSIT published a letter to the DRCF confirming the role of the DRCF in supporting the AI regulatory framework. The DRCF will take on the role of cross-regulator engagement on developing AI framework principles, horizon scanning, and the establishment of a cross-sectoral sandbox.
- the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) published a press release confirming its research conducted in 2022, which incorporated public engagement and public expectations for AI governance, informed the AI white paper.