Bribery in international business

Phase 4 country monitoring of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention


Countries’ implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention is monitored by the OECD Working Group on Bribery through a rigorous peer-review monitoring system. Monitoring is subject to specific agreed-upon principles and takes place in several phases. Phase 4 monitoring was launched in March 2016 and focuses on enforcement of the Convention.


Phase 4 focuses on key group-wide cross-cutting issues; the progress made by Parties on weaknesses identified in previous evaluations; enforcement efforts and results; and any issues raised by changes in the domestic legislation or institutional framework of the Parties. Phase 4 endeavours to take a tailored approach, considering each country's unique situation and challenges, and reflecting positive achievements. The Monitoring Guide contains the Phase 4 procedures. 

Phase 4 Monitoring guide


Country monitoring principles

Country monitoring schedule

The Phase 4 monitoring process was launched at the OECD Anti-Bribery Ministerial Meeting held in Paris on 18 March 2016. The Working Group on Bribery has established a schedule of Phase 4 evaluations from 2016 to 2024, which includes the designation of two countries to act as lead examiners in each evaluation. 

Monitoring schedule 2016 - 2026


OECD Anti-Bribery Ministerial Meeting



Key elements of the Phase 4 evaluation process

  • Response by evaluated country to a standard and supplementary questionnaire.
  • On-site visit to the evaluated country, two to four days in length. 
  • Preparation by lead examiners and Secretariat, in consulation with evaluated country, of a preliminary evaluation report on country performance, including recommendations and issues for follow-up, and a press release.
  • Evaluation in the Working Group on Bribery, with adoption by the Group of the evaluation report, including recommendations, issues for follow-up and press release.
  • Publication of evaluation report and press release on OECD website. 


Involvement of private sector and civil society

When launching a new evaluation, the OECD publishes a call for written submissions on the evaluated country. This also includes a call for expressions of interest from relevant civil society and private sector representatives to participate in the on-site visit in the evaluated country. Any submissions/reports received from interested parties are shared with the Working Group on Bribery, used to inform the evaluation process, and subsequently published on the OECD website, subject to agreement from the evaluated country. 

Call for contributions




Following the adoption by the Working Group of the evaluation report, each evaluated country will report back to the Group in writing within 24 months of the adoption of the report, and at any other time as required by the Working Group.

Monitoring reports by country



Inadequate implementation of the Convention

In the event of inadequate implementation of the Convention, or where attendance at the Phase 4 on-site visit prevents the lead examiners from assessing whether a country has adequately implemented the Convention, the Working Group will consider conducting a Phase 4bis evaluation. When there is continued failure to adequately implement the Convention, further steps might be considered by the Working Group.






OECD Anti-Bribery Convention


OECD Working Group on Bribery


Country monitoring Principles


OECD Anti-Bribery Ministerial Meeting


Monitoring guide

Monitoring schedule 2016-2026


Monitoring reports by country




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