OECD Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections Toolkit

Published on August 08, 2018

Also available in: Spanish, French

How regulations are implemented and enforced, and how compliance is ensured and promoted, are critical determinants of whether a regulatory system is working as intended. Inspections are one of the most important ways to enforce regulations and to ensure regulatory compliance. Based on the 2014 OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Enforcement and Inspection, this Toolkit offers government officials, regulators, stakeholders and experts a simple tool for assessing the inspection and enforcement system in a given jurisdiction, institution or structure. Its checklist of 12 criteria can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses, gauge actual performance, and pinpoint areas for improvement.

12 point checklist

This publication presents a checklist of 12 criteria that correspond to the 11 OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections and a twelfth criterion for a “reality check” of actual performance.  These criteria are divided into sub-criteria to make them easier to use.

The Toolk
it is designed to evaluate the de facto situation of a given country or institution. To this end, and to make the most effective use of the Toolkit, reviewed countries and institutions should provide concrete evidence for meeting each of the sub-criteria, such as official documents, description of institutional mechanisms in place or concrete data on inspections and their results.


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