International Regulatory Co-operation

The Role of International Organisations in Fostering Better Rules of Globalisation

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Borders are becoming increasingly porous, with growing flows of goods, services, people and capital. Governments, more than ever, need to co-ordinate their efforts to develop global standards to address climate change, as well as crises related to finance, health, environment and migration; secure peace; and ensure sustainable economic prosperity and social inclusion. International organisations play a key role in fostering multilateral action and addressing the fragmentation that may undermine effective domestic action. To shed greater light on international standard setting, this unique report collects, compares and assesses the practices of 50 international organisations on their governance arrangements, operational modalities, use of quality management disciplines and co-operation efforts. It analyses different types of organisations – inter-governmental, supra-national, trans-governmental and private – and identifies avenues for making their action more effective, inclusive and relevant.




Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP)

AHWP was founded in 1996-97 by a group of committed regulatory affairs professionals in Asia Pacific and from the growing interest of regulators in working towards greater harmonisation in medical device regulation in Asia. After the 1998 AHWP meeting in Sydney, Australia, the AHWP member economies began to latch into the Global Harmonization Task Force on Medical Devices (GHTF) principles on harmonisation and co-operation. In September 2000, the AHWP established a technical committee in Ottawa, Canada.


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