UK government endorses new regulatory sandbox for AI Innovation

The UK government is supporting a new regulatory sandbox for AI innovation, as recommended by Sir Patrick Vallance. This sandbox will provide a supervised space for testing new ideas without penalties, with a focus on areas of regulatory uncertainty like generative AI and medical devices.

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The UK government has backed a new regulatory sandbox for artificial intelligence (AI) models, tools and systems, following recommendations made by Former UK Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance in his report ‘Innovation-supporting regulation for digital technologies’.

The multi-regulator sandbox will allow innovators to test their new AI ideas under enhanced regulatory supervision without fear of fines or liability. The aim is to develop and operationalize a sandbox within six months, with engagement through the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum. Although the exact structure and design of the AI regulatory sandbox are not yet known, it will be time-limited and will primarily focus on areas where regulatory uncertainty exists, such as generative AI and medical devices that rely on AI.