International Regulatory Cooperation

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Committee: 
International Regulatory Cooperation in stage 8. Implementation

Project Stages:

1. Gather ideas - Completed
2. Select ideas - Completed
3. Council approval - Completed
4. Picking a researcher - Completed
5. Committee consideration - Completed
6. Back to the council - Completed
7. Consideration by the full conference - Completed
8. Implementation - Current
Stage:  
8. Implementation

Contacts

Implementation Contact
202.480.2083
rbull@acus.gov
Committee Chair
Partner
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
In-House Researcher
Michael McCarthy
Former Executive Director

In 1991, ACUS issued Recommendation 91-1, which provided guidance for all U.S. regulatory agencies on working with their international counterparts. In April 2011, ACUS co-sponsored a workshop with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to explore how U.S. regulatory agencies interact with their foreign counterparts and with U.S. government agencies responsible for trade promotion. At this workshop, officials from government and industry identified a variety of challenges in international regulatory cooperation, from the perspective of regulatory effectiveness and facilitation of commerce, and suggested areas in which 91-1 could be updated to provide more specific guidance.  The ACUS research project on international regulatory cooperation examined how Recommendation 91-1 might be updated to incorporate developments in United States government structure, trade agreements, and technology since the recommendation was adopted 20 years ago.

Final Recommendation

  • Recommendation number: 2011-6
  • Adopted on: December 8, 2011
  • Committees: Regulation

Recommendation 2011-6, “International Regulatory Cooperation,” addresses how U.S. regulators can interact with foreign authorities to accomplish their domestic regulatory missions and eliminate unnecessary non-tariff barriers to trade. The project updates Administrative Conference Recommendation 91-1, “Federal Agency Cooperation with Foreign Government Regulators.” The recommendation includes proposals for...

Implementation

At its Plenary Session on December 8-9, 2011, the Administrative Conference of the United States adopted Recommendation 2011-6, regarding regulatory cooperation amongst United States agencies and foreign authorities. The recommendation addresses the promotion of U.S. regulatory principles to foreign counterparts; review of legal authority for international cooperation; mutual reliance between U.S. agencies and foreign regulators, as appropriate, to reduce costs and duplication while still achieving U.S. regulatory goals; exchanges of information, training, and employees between U.S. and foreign regulators; transparency and public input in U.S. engagements with foreign regulators; and coordination and leadership on international cooperation within the U.S. government.

  • Read the Federal Register notice announcing the adoption of Recommendation 2011-6, available at 77 Fed. Reg. 2257, 2259
  • Read Executive Order 13609 on International Regulatory Cooperation (announced at the joint ACUS-Chamber of Commerce IRC workshop and based in part on Recommendation 2011-6)
  • Read ABA Resolution 109B, which adopts many of the proposals contained in Recommendation 2011-6

Project Documents

Name Committee Type Date
Committee on Regulation Meeting Agenda Regulation Agenda October 25, 2011 Download
Committee on Regulation Meeting Agenda Regulation Agenda September 30, 2011 Download
Approved Minutes from October 25, 2011 Meeting Regulation Meeting Minutes October 25, 2011 Download
ABA Resolution on International Regulatory Cooperation Regulation Memorandum April 10, 2013 Download
Comment from ACUS’s Office of the Chairman on a USTR Request for Comments Regulation Public Comment October 24, 2012 Download
Comments from Patti Goldman on Proposed Recommendation for Consideration at Plenary Regulation Public Comment December 2, 2011 Download
Comments from US Chamber on Proposed Recommendation for Consideration at Plenary Regulation Public Comment December 2, 2011 Download
Comments from Susan Dudley on Proposed Recommendation for Consideration at Plenary Regulation Public Comment November 23, 2011 Download
International Regulatory Cooperation Public Comments Regulation Public Comment November 23, 2011 Download
Comments from U.S. Chamber of Commerce for October 25 Meeting Regulation Public Comment October 19, 2011 Download
Comments from U.S. Chamber of Commerce for September 30 Meeting Regulation Public Comment September 29, 2011 Download
Comments from "Jean Public" for September 30 Meeting Regulation Public Comment September 2, 2011 Download
Far From Eroding Regulatory Protections, TTIP’s Cooperative Regime Could Bolster Sound Regulation Publication July 25, 2014 Download
Proposed Amendments to Recommendation Regulation Recommendation December 8, 2011 Download
Proposed Recommendation for Consideration at the Plenary Session: International Regulatory Cooperation Regulation Recommendation December 8, 2011 Download
International Regulatory Cooperation Regulation Recommendation December 8, 2011 Download
Draft Recommendation for October 25 Meeting Regulation Recommendation October 19, 2011 Download
International Regulatory Cooperation Final Report Report October 19, 2011 Download
International Regulatory Cooperation Final Report Regulation Report October 19, 2011 Download
Redline of Revisions in IRC Report Regulation Report October 19, 2011 Download
Michael McCarthy's Original IRC Report Regulation Report September 16, 2011 Download
55th Plenary Session Webcast - Day 1 Administration and Management Webcast December 8, 2011 Watch Video
Committee Meeting Webcast Regulation Webcast October 25, 2011 Watch Video
Committee Meeting Webcast Regulation Webcast September 30, 2011 Watch Video
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