Regulatory policy

Measuring Regulatory Performance


Regulations are essential tools in the hand of governments to promote well-being and economic growth. However, achieving regulatory quality has become increasingly difficult. The growing pace of technological changes and globalisation are posing substantial challenges and leave governments unsure of what and how to regulate.


Consequently, OECD member countries are investing significant resources in the development of regulatory policies and reform programmes to improve the quality of their regulations. Do the reforms succeed in improving the quality of regulations? Do they stimulate investment, foster economic growth, reduce systemic risks, improve the environment, health and overall quality of life?


The OECD Measuring Regulatory Performance programme aims to help OECD countries improve their regulatory quality in two ways:


1. Measure regulatory performance to diagnose success and failures, improve regulatory policies, programmes and tools, and to communicate progress.  

2. Demonstrate how improvements to regulatory governance deliver actual benefits to business and citizens. For example, 


Concrete examples of country practices are presented in the Pilot database on Stakeholder Engagement practices. The work on Measuring Regulatory Performance also includes annual conferences, which allow for in-depth discussions on specific topics related to measuring regulatory performance.


Indicators and country profiles

Get the 2021 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance, information on their methodology, and the 2021 country profiles

Regulatory policy evaluation

Access the OECD Framework for Regulatory Policy Evaluation with many practical examples and expert papers on the topic


Read the policy and methodological guides, reports, policy briefs, and academic papers

Related OECD work

Access information on databases and projects throughout the OECD on measuring regulatory performance


Find the agendas, presentations, and background information on the annual workshops on Measuring Regulatory Performance

Pilot database on stakeholder engagement

Access information on stakeholder engagement practices in different OECD member and partner countries

An ad hoc steering group advises the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee on the work on Measuring Regulatory Performance. Member countries participating in the steering group currently include:


  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • EU
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States




The group is currently chaired by Canada. Other OECD countries may also become members of the Steering Group.


For further information, please contact Christiane Arndt-Bascle.


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