Regulatory policy

Regulatory Policy and the COVID-19 Crisis


As part of a broader OECD effort to help countries tackle the COVID-19 crisis the Regulatory Policy Division is undertaking a series of activities to take stock of evidence and country practices and help policy makers and regulators inform their decision making:


Regulatory decisions are vital at nearly every stage of resolving the health crisis and its social and economic effects. The current situation makes the need for trusted, evidence-based, internationally co-ordinated and well-enforced regulation particularly acute. It underlines the importance of regulation as one of the most relevant levers of government action, along with taxing, spending and communicating and the relevance of the tools and procedures recommended in the 2012 OECD Recommendation on Regulatory Policy and Governance to uphold its quality even in times of crisis.


  • Building on the framing paper, the Regulatory Policy Division is developing a new series of papers in seven areas: 
  1. Regulatory Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia
  2. Removing administrative barriers, improving regulatory delivery
  3. The international regulatory co-operation responses to the crisis
  4. The use of new technologies to expand regulatory capacity (see World Bank blog on Technology helps strengthen countries’ regulatory capacity to respond to COVID-19)
  5. The use of regulatory management tools in a time of crisis
  6. Sector regulation during the COVID-19 crisis (see also blog post)
  7. Behavioural insights for fast-paced decision making


  • Webinars: A series of virtual events has been organised by the Regulatory Policy Division to share views and practices in these different areas and get guidance on the way forward: 


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