Annual report

IRGC Annual report 2018 (pdf)

In relation to risk governance concepts and guidelines for risk governance, in 2018 IRGC:

  • Published the guidelines for the governance of systemic risks. IRGC’s guidelines address the question of how to deal with systemic risks in the context of system transitions , i.e. , in situations that require adaptation to new context conditions or transformation of an organisation or ecosystem.
  • Continued its work on systemic risks by organising a workshop on how to improve the relevance of concepts, theories, definitions or models for systemic risks in a way that is scientifically correct, and that makes sense and is useful to policy analysts and practitioners.
  • Continued its work on resilience by publishing the second volume of the IRGC’s resource guide and by participating in the Horizon 2020 project SmartResilience.

In 2018, IRGC worked on the fallowing specific issues:


  • In relation to the development of concepts and instruments, in 2017 IRGC:
    • Published a revised version of the short ‘Introduction to the IRGC Risk Governance Framework
    • Continued its work on systemic risks in preparation for the forthcoming IRGC Guidelines for the Governance of Systemic Risks
    • Continued its work on risk regulation and published a description of transatlantic patterns of risk regulation in four key sectors: food safety, automobiles safety, chemicals and pharmaceuticals licencing
    • Continued work on resilience.
  • IRGC selects some specific issues where the application of its concepts for risk governance could help improve opportunity and risk management. In 2017, IRGC worked on:
    • Digitalisation, as both a technical and governance challenge that requires a dynamic and forward-looking collaborative approach between researchers, industry, users, regulators and insurers
    • Precision medicine, as an area where ethical, economic and regulatory risks and uncertainties must be addressed early enough with all major actors, to organise dynamic and informed patient and citizen consents, data collection and sharing, respect for privacy and confidentiality, safety and efficacy assessment, and possibly new paying mechanisms.
  • The most frequently downloaded report in 2017 was IRGC’s Resource Guide on Resilience followed by the Introduction to the IRGC Risk Governance Framework. The original white paper on Risk Governance (2005) remains of much interest too.The reports on the IoT and Precision Medicine were mainly downloaded from Infoscience.

IRGC Annual report 2016 (pdf)