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International Regulatory Co-operation - Adapting rules to an interconnected world

 

   

Tackling the complex, interconnected and rapidly changing policy challenges requires international regulatory cooperation (IRC). Experience shows that we cannot manage transboundary challenges and promote global public goods through individual action. This is compounded by new technologies, including digitalization, that pay no regard to national or jurisdictional boundaries and drastically increase the intensity of cross-border flows and transactions. In 2012, OECD countries adopted the Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance that includes IRC as a key element of regulatory quality.

 

IRC plays a strong role to “harness” and create common rules of globalisation. Surprisingly, however, this potential remains largely untapped. The OECD Regulatory Policy Committee has built a wealth of knowledge to shed light on the types of challenges requiring IRC and the variety of co-operation approaches.


IRC mobilises an extensive variety of actors in the national and international rulemaking environment. At the country level, law makers and regulators across policy areas are the key initiators of IRC efforts. In the international arena, intergovernmental organisations, private standard-setters, and transgovernmental networks of regulators provide the platform for IRC to take place in specific subject areas.


The IRC policy brief is available here.

   

Latest updates

 

September 2020
Review of International Regulatory Co-operation of the United Kingdom

February 2020
Study in support of the future OIE Observatory of standard implementation

IRC: The Case of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures

January 2020
Study of IRC Arrangements for Air Quality 

July 2019
Facilitating trade through regulatory cooperation: The case of the WTO's TBT/SPS Agreements and Committee

June 2019
Regulatory effectiveness in the era of digitalisation

 
             
                         
                         
   
The variety of IRC approaches
     
IRC in policy areas, including
Trade
Air Pollution 
     
IRC & international organisations
The role of IOs in support of IRC
IO Partnership
   
                         
   

 

     

 

     

 

   
   
IRC in countries, as monitored in:

2018 Regulatory Policy Outlook
Mexico
United Kingdom
     
Publications
View the list of publications
     
Events
View the list of events
   
                         

Contact

Céline Kauffmann 
OECD Regulatory Policy Division

 

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