Over 60 countries have now adopted various forms of regulatory impact analysis (RIA) as a mandatory step in developing new legal norms. The rapid spread of RIA is a revolutionary governance reform, comparable to the rapid spread of modern budgeting methods a century earlier to provide a new framework for assessing and managing the costs and benefits of government spending. Given the high costs of off-budget government costs through regulation, the adoption of RIA can be seen as the “second step” in moving toward a more complete accounting of government costs, and better management of government services.
The teething problems of RIA are immense. Regulatory impact analysis (RIA) is a vital government tool proven in some countries, but in many others RIA is still working through its implementation problems. JC&A is committed to helping countries implement practical RIA. We believe that RIA helps countries meet the challenges of modern regulation in ways that no other method can.
This page contains RIA documents from many countries. If we are missing a RIA-related document from your country, please send it to scottjacobs@regulatoryreform.
On 19 May 2015, the Commission published its new Better Regulation Package, setting out how it proposes to deliver its commitment to Better Regulation over the coming years.
(Summary of this document available at http://www.forfas.ie/publication/search.jsp?ft=/publications/2013/title,10441,en.php)
Better Regulation Strategy, December 2015,