United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council
January 30, 2012
Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)
A New Era in U.S.-Canada Regulatory Partnership
- On December 7, 2011, the two leaders announced the RCC Joint Action Plan:
- 29 initiatives
- A focused and practical approach with significant advancements in 4 key sectors: agriculture & food, health & consumer products, transport, the environment, and two cross-sectoral initiatives
- Opportunity to move beyond previous approaches to cooperation, advance regulatory relationship to a new level
Building from the RCC Joint Action Plan
- Each initiative represents a vehicle to create a new form of advanced cooperation that will expand into other areas
- Resolve existing issues while setting precedent for future solutions – lasting regulatory cooperation mechanisms to ensure ongoing alignment
- Partnering and collaborating between our countries to improve efficiency and effectiveness while preserving the protection of health, safety and the environment
Why with Canada and the U.S.?
- U.S.-Canada relationship is unique
- The U.S. and Canadian manufacturing sectors and supply chains are highly integrated – we are each other’s greatest export market – and any improvements would yield immediate overall benefits
- We both have robust, successful regulatory regimes achieving the same general outcomes
- Our regulators have pre-existing cooperative relationships
- These provide the United States and Canada with a unique set of prerequisites for high impact and success
U.S.-Canada RCC Joint Action Plan: The first step towards fundamental change
Joint Action Plan initiatives represent areas of regulatory business that can be better aligned
Key mechanisms for regulatory cooperation:
Reliance on each others’ regulatory systems
- Reduce and eliminate duplicative requirements by recognizing success of each others’ work
Regulatory Standard Setting
- Partner on regulatory standards development, conformance (e.g. testing), and implementation / enforcement tools
- Collaborate on aligning submissions, analysis, and approval processes
- Joint focus of efforts on challenges and threats from offshore and avoid requirements at the U.S.-Canada border
Compliance and Enforcement
- Supporting each other efforts in ensuring regulatory compliance and enforcement
Stakeholder Involvement & Priority: RCC Commitment
Stakeholder involvement is critical to:
- Share ideas on work plan details and practical implementation realities
- Provide ongoing feedback to support successful outcomes
- Play a role in ensuring work plans reflect industry reality and expectations
Two levels of involvement:
- January 30: RCC – Input and broad discussion on regulatory cooperation between the United States & Canada (cross-sectoral considerations) and the aggregate work plan
- January 31: Working Groups – Sector-specific technical discussions and input on the work plans for the RCC Joint Action Plan initiatives
- Next RCC stakeholder meeting scheduled to occur in Canada later in 2012
- Feedback is welcomed throughout the RCC mandate
- Working Groups will develop their own ongoing process with stakeholders on individual workplans / groups
January 31, 2012 Sessions with Working Groups
- Over 240 American and Canadian stakeholders registered to participate
- Full day of stakeholder engagement, divided into individual technical review and advisory sessions
- These sessions are intended to seek stakeholder ideas on:
- The resolution of issues in the Joint Action Plan
- Regulatory cooperation mechanisms to secure ongoing alignment into the future
Key Questions for Consideration
- What do you see as the best ways to achieve regulatory cooperation between the United States and Canada?
- How can we best maintain a focus on regulatory cooperation between the United States and Canada?
- How can we ensure stakeholders remain informed and engaged in the RCC process?
- What do you see as key barriers to regulatory cooperation and how should these be addressed?
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