The stock of laws has been growing steadily over time in countries as a result of
governments responding to new and emerging challenges. Yet these and other new laws
do not always fit well with existing regulatory frameworks, especially as economies
and countries are becoming ever-increasingly more interconnected. The OECD Best Practice
Principles for Reviewing the Stock of Regulation offers a practical and flexible framework
for countries to follow when reviewing laws. The principles provide assistance to
countries in establishing their ex post evaluation regimes, whilst also providing
practical guidance about relevant methodologies to adopt. This report is part of a
series on “best practice principles” produced under the auspices of the OECD Regulatory
Policy Committee. As with other reports in the series, it extends and elaborates on
principles highlighted in the 2012 Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy
Published on December 04, 2020Also available in: French
Regulations are often made during times of uncertainty and/or with haste in responding to an emergency of some kind. Ex post evaluation allows policymakers to assess whether regulations have led to the intended results that were espoused when they were first made. This recognises that all regulations are, to some extent, experiments and that some experiments fail, and others need adjusting, before the desired results materialise. As a core component of any regulatory management system, ex post evaluation is ultimately about ensuring that regulations maximise community well-being over time.
This report provides guidance on the key elements of a sound ex post evaluation system. It illustrates practical elements of ex post evaluation that policymakers should follow when designing ex post evaluation systems, as well as how evaluations themselves can be conducted. As such, this report is a useful tool for countries embarking on ex post evaluations as well as for entities responsible for conducting evaluations in practice.
For further information, please contact Paul Davidson, OECD Regulatory Policy Division.