Work in the OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The OECD was founded in 1961 and today has 34 members. The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. More information is available on http://www.oecd.org
OECD Regulatory Policy Committee
The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) was created by the OECD Council in October 2009 to assist member and non-member states in building and strengthening their regulatory reform efforts. It is a platform to help countries adapt regulatory policies, tools and institutions. The outputs on the RPC should assist in improving regulatory quality by helping governments to identify policy instruments able to be adapted to their policy objectives. More information about the OECD’s regulatory reform work and the RPC is available on http://www.oecd.org/topic/0,3699,en_2649_37421_1_1_1_1_37421,00.html
During 2011 a new Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance was developed by the RPC. It was adopted by the RPC in January 2012 and later adopted by the OECD Council on 22 March 2012. The Recommendation is the first international instrument to address regulatory policy, management and governance as a whole-of-government activity that can and should be addressed by sectorial ministries, regulatory and competition agencies.
More information about the Recommendation and its preceding documents is available on: http://www.oecd.org/document/33/0,3746,en_2649_37421_48081633_1_1_
The full text of the Recommendation is available on: http://www.oecd.org/regreform/regulatorypolicy/49990817.pdf
The OECD’s Recommendations are not legally binding, but practice accords them great moral force as representing the political will of member states and there is an expectation that members will do their utmost to fully implement a Recommendation.