On 9 November 2017, the OECD and the Regulatory Delivery of the U.K. Department for Energy, Business and Industrial Strategy held the first OECD Enforcement and Inspections Conference as part of the work of the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee in Paris, France.
The OECD conference gathered policy makers and experts responsible for the Better Regulation agenda with practitioners involved in regulatory enforcement and inspections and enabled the exchange of experience among them to share approaches to inspections and their reforms.
The OECD Secretariat presented a draft of the OECD Toolkit for Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections, offering political decision-makers, government officials, regulators, stakeholders and experts a simple tool to assess the level of development of their inspection and enforcement system. A number of presenters from OECD and non-OECD countries showed successful examples of cross-cutting reforms in the area of regulatory enforcement and inspections and highlighted how countries have tried to improve their countries’ institutional set-ups for enforcement and inspections as well as horizontal lessons on improving regulatory enforcement and inspections in specific sectors.
Key conference conclusions
At the end of the conference, the OECD Secretariat was invited to look into the feasibility of creating an international network of enforcement and inspection authorities. Conference participants were also invited to join in the public consultation on the OECD Enforcement and Inspections Toolkit, which will begin early in 2018.
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