Regulatory reform

About regulatory policy


Regulatory policy is a core part of the OECD’s work, touching aspects in every sector of the economy and affecting the everyday life of business and citizens. It is important that governments ensure that what they do in economic and social affairs is efficient and effective. Through the use of regulations, laws, and other instruments, governments intervene in the economy in pursuit of their objectives.


Policy Principles

Thumbnail of the cover of the Recommendation on Regulatory Policy and Governance

The OECD 2012 Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance sets the current thinking of how to effectively implement regulatory policy in countries, based on the experiences of the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC). The 2012 Recommendation is the most detailed set of guidelines or principles that the OECD has developed in the field of regulatory policy.


Cross-cutting themes


Administrative Simplification

International Regulatory Co-operation Measuring Regulatory Performance

Network of Economic Regulators

Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections 

Regulatory Impact Analysis


Risk and Regulatory Policy

The Governance of Regulators

Behavioural Economics

Country work


Better Regulation in the EU15

Co-operation with non-members

Country reviews

Southeast Asia



The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) and Regulatory Policy Division

The Regulatory Policy Committee was created by the OECD Council on 22 October 2009 to assist member and non-member countries in building and strengthening their regulatory policy of reform efforts. A number of Committee delegates - Bureau members - are designated annually to serve as officers who represent the Committee. They provide detailed direction to the OECD Secretariat on issues of management and planning of the programme of work.


The Regulatory Policy Division is part of the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate (GOV). It serves as the Secretariat of the Regulatory Policy Committee and carries out its programme of work. The Regulatory Policy Division works with member and non-member countries to support the implementation of good regulatory practices.


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