Regulatory policy

Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance 2015: Key components


The 2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance (iREG) focus on three core areas of regulatory policy: stakeholder engagement, RIA and ex post evaluation.


For each of these areas, the indicators present information collected through the 2014 OECD Regulatory Indicators survey in four categories:


  • Systematic adoption records formal requirements and how often these requirements are conducted in practice;
  • Methodology gathers information on the methods used in each area, e.g. the type of impacts assessed or how frequently different forms of consultation are used;
  • Oversight and quality control records the role of oversight bodies and publically available evaluations;
  • Transparency records information that relates to the principles of open government, e.g. whether government decisions are made publically available.


Access the complete database of the 2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance.

Access the composite indicator scores on OECD.stat.

The indicators:

  • Present information on regulatory policy processes and practices as of 31 December 2014.
  • Cover all 34 OECD member countries and the European Commission.
  • Cover processes that apply to all policy areas.
  • Cover exclusively national regulations. They do not include practices at the sub‑national level.
  • The indicators for stakeholder engagement and RIA focus on the processes of developing regulations (both primary and subordinate) that are carried out by the executive branch of the national government. The indicator for ex post evaluation covers all national regulations regardless of whether they were initiated by parliament or the executive.

Further information on the indicator design and methodology, as well as the full list of survey questions covered by the indicators are available in the following report: Arndt, C., A. Custance Baker, T. Querbach and R. Schultz (2015), “2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance: Design, Methodology and Key Results”, OECD Regulatory Policy Working Papers, No. 1, OECD Publishing, Paris.


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