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Canada, U.S. Governments Seek Input on Regulatory Cooperation

On Aug. 29, the United States and Canada released a notice inviting public comment on the Regulatory Cooperation Council's (RCC) progress and how best to harmonize regulatory policy between the two countries. The RCC's mandate is to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to consumers and businesses in North America through increased regulatory transparency and coordination. Both governments request comments on issues that should be considered for future collaboration, including proposals to align regulatory systems, streamline bilateral cooperation, and improve stakeholder engagement. Areas of potential feedback include:
  • The appropriate role for stakeholders and how best to engage with Canadian and U.S. regulators on opportunities for cooperation and Joint Action Plan implementation.
  • How to augment standards cooperation in North America — both public and private sector — to support and build on the RCC's work.
  • How to institutionalize regulatory harmonization.
  • Moving forward on the next phase of Canada-U.S. regulatory collaboration through mechanisms like agency-to-agency cooperative arrangements.
  • Measurable benefits for industry, government, and consumers that can be quantified and shared, and which occurred as a direct result of a current RCC initiative.
  • Particular sectors or issues for which the RCC should consider further regulatory alignment, including emerging technologies that are not yet regulated.
The notice is available through the U.S. Federal Register and the Canada Gazette. Comments are due Oct. 11. more

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