Regulatory policy

Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance


Laws and regulations govern the everyday life of business and citizens and help achieve policy objectives such as economic growth, social welfare and environmental protection. Regulatory policy strengthens the quality of laws and regulations through a wide range of tools, and is thus a potent means for stimulating economic activity and promoting well-being.


The Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance (iREG) present up-to-date evidence of OECD member countries’ regulatory policy and governance practices advocated in the 2012 Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance. They cover in detail three principles of the 2012 Recommendation: stakeholder engagement, Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) and ex post evaluation, and provide a baseline measurement to track countries’ progress over time and identify areas for reform. The indicators will be updated every 3-4 years.


The iREG indicators are available for 2015 and 2018 and feed into the OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook series and the EU Better Regulation report. Access the countries’ composite indicator scores on OECD.stat to check out the scores for primary laws and subordinate regulations in the areas of stakeholder engagement, regulatory impact assessment and ex post evaluation.


Access the complete database of countries’ survey answers that for the basis of the composite indicators for an  advanced search by country and/or by topic.


Based on the established OECD iREG methodology, the Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance for Latin America 2019 provide an up-to-date overview of regulatory systems in selected Latin American countries. Check out the results here!



OECD is interested in learning about research conducted on the basis of these indicators. Please do not hesitate to share any research results based on this data with Paul Davidson


Content and scope Publications and analysis Country profiles

Topics and scope of the data.

OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook series and other publications

Country profiles and indicator results

Composite indicators Source of the indicators Previous indicators (1998-2008/09)

RIA, stakeholder engagement and ex post evaluation oomposite indicators

Regulatory Indicators survey

Indicators of Regulatory Management Systems (RMS)


For further information, please contact Christiane Arndt, Head of Programme, Measuring Regulatory Performance, OECD or Paul Davidson, Policy Analyst, Measuring Regulatory Performance, OECD.