Regulatory reform

Indicators of Regulatory Management Systems


How many OECD countries have a requirement to systematically quantify the expected costs and benefits of new regulations?  How many countries systematically take social concerns into account when preparing new regulation?  What countries have a programme to measure and reduce bureaucracy imposed on businesses and citizens? How many countries have a minister in charge of the regulatory reform agenda?

The OECD indicators of Regulatory Management Systems (RMS) collected in 1998, 2005, 2008 and 2009 answer these, and many other questions. Almost 200 indicators offer comprehensive insights into trends in regulatory reform and identify leading regulatory management practices. They are complementary to the OECD in-depth country reviews (e.g., OECD-EU15 projectReviews on regulatory reform) and contribute to the flagship publication Government at a Glance.


Topics covered Events on the indicators Future work
  • Administrative simplification and burden reduction
  • Regulatory impact assessments
  • Transparency and access to information
  • Consultation practices
  • Drivers of regulatory reform
  • Institutional settings and regulatory oversight bodies
  • Consideration of alternatives to regulation
  • Compliance and enforcement issues
This workshop is part of an annual series of expert workshops on measuring regulatory performance.

In 2015, new indicators of regulatory policy will be published in the forthcomong Regulatory Policy Outlook. The indicators will be based on a survey with government officials and assess the progress of OECD members in implementing the Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance (2012). While some questions from the previous surveys were retained, a large part of the questionnaire was updated to reflect the 2012 Recommendation.


The new indicators will serve as a baseline measurement. Thereafter the intention is to have regular surveys every few years to track countries’ progress over time.



The complete database covering the years 1998, 2005 and 2008/2009 are available upon request. Please contact Rebecca Schultz.


  • 2009 Questionnaire (please note that this questionnaire contains less questions than the 2008 questionnaire)

Countries covered: Chile, Estonia, Israel, Slovenia, Brazil, Russia and South Africa

Main publication reflecting the results: Indicators of Regulatory Management Systems: Country Notes (2011)



Countries covered: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, EU, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Main publication reflecting the results: Indicators of Regulatory Management Systems (2009)

Press release: Countries should focus on the quality of regulations for a sustainable recovery, says OECD, January 2010

Policy Brief: Measuring Regulatory Quality, April 2008

Policy brief: Improving the Quality of Regulations, November 2009



Countries covered: same countries as 2008.

Main publication reflecting the results: Indicators of Regulatory Management Systems (2007)

Paper using the survey results to assess the impact of regulatory management systems on macroeconomic outcomes: (2010)



Same countries as 2008 without the EU and the Slovak Republic.


For further information, please contact Christiane Arndt or Rebecca Schultz.


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