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Review of International Regulatory Co-operation of the United Kingdom

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International regulatory co-operation (IRC) provides an opportunity for countries to consider the impacts of their regulations beyond their borders, to expand the evidence for decision-making, to learn from the experience of their peers and to develop concerted approaches to challenges that transcend borders. This review documents the context of IRC policies and practices in the United Kingdom. It covers both the UK’s unilateral efforts to embed international considerations in domestic rulemaking and its bilateral, regional and multilateral co-operative efforts on regulatory matters. In addition, the review provides a snapshot of IRC in practice in the United Kingdom with four case studies on financial services, nuclear energy, medical and healthcare products and product safety. At a time when IRC is an increasingly essential, yet largely untapped, tool for addressing transboundary policy challenges, this review offers valuable lessons to countries within the OECD and beyond.

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Embedding the international environment in the rule-making machinery

This chapter presents the various entry points for departments and regulators to embed international considerations in their domestic rulemaking. It finds that IRC is implicit rather than explicit in the UK Better Regulation Framework and related regulatory policy tools and disciplines, resulting in case by case IRC practices by departments and regulators. To a certain extent, IRC is promoted from a trade facilitation perspective: through the consideration of international standards and the introduction of a trade question in a new regulatory impact assessment template. In addition, the experience with the EU framework may prove useful to embed international considerations more widely and the well-established system of regulatory oversight can be used to introduce cross-cutting IRC considerations.

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