Recommendation 2012-7 – Agency Use of Third-Party Programs to Assess Regulatory Compliance addresses issues that arise when agencies develop programs in which third parties assess whether regulated entities are in compliance with regulatory standards and other requirements. In some areas of regulation, Congress has directed agencies to develop a third-party program; in others, regulatory agencies have developed programs under existing statutory authority. The recommendation sets forth guidance for federal agencies that are establishing, or considering establishing, such programs.
Recommended Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2012-7, Agency Use of Third-Party Programs to Assess Regulatory Compliance, 78 Fed. Reg. 2941 (Jan. 15, 2013).
Federal agencies in diverse areas have developed third-party programs to assess whether regulated entities are in compliance with regulatory standards and other requirements. Through these programs, third parties assess the safety of imported food, children’s products, medical devices, cell phones and other telecommunications equipment, and electrical equipment used in workplaces. Third parties