Regulatory policy

Regulatory Impact Analysis: A Tool for Policy Coherence


Regulatory impact analysis (RIA) is a systemic approach to assessing the positive and negative effects of proposed and existing regulations and non-regulatory alternatives. As employed in OECD countries it encompasses a range of methods.


This publication brings together OECD research and analysis concerning methodological issues and country experiences with RIA. The collected papers cover a number of challenges to the effectiveness of RIA including: systemic factors which influence the quality of RIA; methodological frameworks that can assist RIA to improve regulation; guidance on using RIA to avoid unnecessary regulation of competitive markets; and a review of the use of RIA in the regulation of corporate governance with reference to several OECD countries.


Taken together, this publication provides valuable, practical guidance on how to improve the performance of RIA systems to promote economic welfare through better quality regulation.


* Corrigenda on Canada's 2009 RIA arrangements


For more information, please contact Daniel Trnka, OECD Regulatory Policy Division.


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