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On August 21, 2007, Leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States released the Regulatory Cooperation Framework (RCF), seeking to improve trilateral regulatory cooperation to (1) lower costs for North American businesses, producers, governments and consumers; (2) maximize trade in goods and services across our borders; and (3) protect health, safety, and the environment.
As one element of the Framework, the SPP Partners agreed to develop and maintain an inventory of regulatory best practices from which regulators can draw upon as a resource. The establishment of this inventory will be an important milestone in advancing regulatory cooperation through the Framework.
The OECD Guiding Principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance (click here for report) (PDF, 125 KB, 12 pages) represent a broad-based, international consensus on regulatory policy and form a good basis for common Framework principles. Canada, Mexico and the United States reaffirm their commitment to these Principles, and believe that they provide a useful point of reference for SPP Partner countries in developing an inventory of regulatory best practices.
Accordingly, Canada, Mexico and the United States have approved the following common regulatory principles to guide their respective regulatory policies and practices.
Below is a non-exhaustive inventory of best practices in North America that provides guidance on how to achieve the RCF Common Regulatory Principles.