Directorate for Public Governance

Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections

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Published on May 16, 2014

Also available in: French


This report provides guidance to policy makers on improving regulatory enforcement and inspections and provides some examples of good practices in this area.


This report seeks to construct an overarching framework to support initiatives on improving regulatory enforcement through inspections, making them more effective, efficient, less burdensome for those who are inspected and at the same time less resource-demanding for governments. The principles address the design of the policies, institutions and tools to promote effective compliance – and the process of reforming inspection services to achieve results.

The report complements the 2012 Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance and is intended to assist countries in reforming inspections and developing cross-cutting policies on regulatory enforcement. The principles have an informal non-binding status of a guidance approved at the Regulatory Policy Committee level.


Please contact Daniel Trnka, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD