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.




Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S)

The purpose of the PIC/S is, with due regard to public health: to pursue and strengthen the co-operation established between the participating authorities in the field of inspection and related areas with a view to maintaining the mutual confidence and promoting quality assurance of inspections; to provide the framework for all necessary exchange of information and experience; to co-ordinate mutual training for inspectors and for other technical experts in related fields; to continue common efforts towards the improvement and harmonisation of technical standards and procedures regarding the inspection of the manufacture of medicinal products and the testing of medicinal products by official control laboratories; to continue common efforts for the development, harmonisation and maintenance of good manufacturing practice, and to extend the co-operation to other competent authorities having the national arrangements necessary to apply equivalent standards and procedures with a view to contributing to global harmonisation.


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