International Regulatory Co-operation: Case Studies, Vol. 1

Chemicals, Consumer Products, Tax and Competition

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The world is becoming increasingly global. This raises important challenges for regulatory processes which still largely emanate from domestic jurisdictions. In order to eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences and to address the global challenges pertaining to systemic risks, the environment, and human health and safety, governments increasingly seek to better articulate regulations across borders and to ensure greater enforcement of rules. But, surprisingly, the gains that can be achieved through greater co-ordination of rules and their application across jurisdictions remain largely under-analysed.


This volume complements the stocktaking report on International Regulatory Co-operation: Rules for a Global World by providing evidence on regulatory co-operation in four sectors: chemical safety, consumer product safety, model tax convention, and competition law enforcement. The four case studies follow the same outline to allow for comparison. 



Consumer product safety

Co-operation and co-ordination among product safety regulators have taken on increased importance in recent years, particularly with respect to products that are traded internationally. The situation reached a critical point in the summer of 2007, when a number of high-profile incidents occurred, leading to the launch of an action plan hosted by the OECD Working Party on Consumer Product Safety aimed at improving information sharing within and across jurisdictions. This case study identifies the main characteristics of this initiative, describes the instruments of co-operation and analyses how it contributes to promote regulatory co-operation in the area of product safety.


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