Implementing Regulatory Impact Assessment at Peru’s National Superintendence of Sanitation
Regulations play a fundamental role in achieving public policy objectives, including
the protection of human health and the environment, the fight against monopolies,
or the efficient provision of water and sanitation services. Regulatory impact assessment
(RIA) is an important tool for ensuring that regulations are of good quality. This
report provides guidance for implementing RIA at the National Superintendence of Sanitation
Services in Peru (Sunass). After assessing the agency’s process for issuing rules,
the report provides recommendations for designing legal reforms needed to establish
RIA as a permanent practice as well as training for the staff who will develop the
RIAs. The report includes technical guidelines on undertaking public consultation,
identifying public policy problems, and performing cost-benefit analysis.
Published on July 14, 2021Also available in: Spanish
SUNASS is the regulator for water sanitation services of Peru, responsible for ensuring water quality for users the delivery of sanitation services in the urban and rural setting, contributing to the population’s health and the environment preservation.
As an independent regulator, SUNASS approves water tariffs and supervises the compliance of technical regulation including quality and proper access.
SUNASS has started the work to implement a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) system to ensure that all new or modified regulation brings the highest possible benefit for users.
In its effort of implementing RIA, SUNASS has to ensure an agile coordination among its different technical directorates. By fostering coordination, SUNASS will be able to improve the quality of RIA by taking into account all cycles of regulation, including implementation and supervision.
To increase accountability and transparency of decision-making, the OECD recommends SUNASS to include RIA in the public consultation process of regulation, and to introduce early-consultation.