Compliance Programmes


This page shows information in the following areas:

  • Approaches to compliance planning
  • Implementation and monitoring of compliance programmes
  • Reporting of compliance programme results


The specific compliance programmes can be viewed with the following links provided by the regulatory authorities of countries listed below:

Australia • Ireland • The NetherlandsUnited States



A general introduction to Compliance, monitoring and recalls is available at




The Netherlands

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority

Programmatic supervision

The NVWA uses a risk based approach designed to improve effectiveness of supervision and monitoring. It provides detailed information regarding compliant behaviour and the consequences of the effects of non-compliance. It is based on human behaviour and is information driven: supervision is based on knowledge of the sector and target groups. By doing research to identify who breaks the rules (non compliance), why (causes and motives) and with what effect (risks/negative consequences/impact) we develop a shared representation of reality. Based on these insights we choose the most effective interventions. Interventions will vary between different target groups: it is custom made, depending on 'what works for who'. To be able to design a program, several tools are used, e.g. a quick scan to identify all supervision tasks, analyses to determine and assess the motives for (non-) compliance, risk analyses, etc. Also, relevant partners are involved in this process.

This programmatic and cyclical approach is organised by roughly seven steps and is linked with the existing policy cycle:

1. Defining policy goals 
2. Risk analyses to prioritise main target groups and deviant behaviour 
3. Target group analyses to develop an intervention strategy 
4. Defining actions and assigning tasks 
5. Monitoring actions 
6. Measuring effects 
7. Evaluation and back to step 1.

In short:
It's cyclical: an overall 4 year program is designed with yearly evaluation on specific elements
It's integral: all relevant sectors are included per monitoring domain
It's transparent and it includes:

  • A vision on supervision.
  • Assessment of all relevant supervision and monitoring tasks, including the bottlenecks.
  • Priorities and goals, e.g. desired compliance levels.
  • Methods to reach goals.
  • Costs of these methods where personnel and means are concerned.
  • Cooperation with relevant partners.

See also:

United States




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