Regulatory policy

Webinar on Inspections, Enforcement, Regulatory Delivery in Times of Crisis


10 June 2020, Webinar


In June 2020, the OECD Regulatory Policy Division held a webinar discussion on the current and future challenges for inspections, enforcement and regulatory delivery, looking at the experience of a number of regulatory domains, agencies and countries during the emergency. The aim was to understand what can constitute better regulatory delivery approaches and tools to tackle the crisis along with what might represent a “new normality”, looking specifically at fields such as health care supervision, food safety, product safety, but also regulatory inspections more generally. Over 140 participants attended the webinar and were encouraged to engage in the discussion with a concrete and practical focus, sharing their experiences and challenges experienced in the current circumstances.

The session included a series of presentations with two Q&A sessions involving the wider group of participants. The speakers included: Graham Russell (Chief Executive, UK Office for Product Safety and Standards), Hadewych van Kempen (Strategic knowledge adviser, Inspection Council of the Netherlands), Anne Margriet Pot (Strategic advisor, Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate), Jooske Vos (Chair of the EPSO Board, European Partnership for Supervisory Organisations in Health Services and Social Care), Filippo Castoldi (Senior Manager, Veterinary Service of Lombardy), Erica Sheward (Director, Global Food Safety Initiative).

The presentations were organised around the following key issues:

  1. Balancing risks: Safe supplies vs shortages? Need for inspections vs risk of contagion?
  2. Managing information effectively to identify emerging risks
  3. Co-ordination – sharing information, avoiding duplication etc.
  4. Supporting recovery – what role for regulatory delivery?
  5. What are the obstacles to change and effective/efficient response?





For further information, please contact Florentin Blanc, OECD Regulatory Policy Division.


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