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On December 7, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama released the Canada–United States Joint Action Plan on Regulatory Cooperation. The Joint Action Plan is a practical first step to increased regulatory cooperation and alignment between Canada and the United States.
Bilateral working groups, led by senior officials from regulatory departments, have been established and will lead the implementation of the initiatives identified in the Joint Action Plan. Working groups are developing work plans with concrete objectives, deliverables and milestones for tangible progress within the RCC’s two-year mandate.
On January 30th and 31st, 2012 in Washington, DC the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) provided an opportunity for stakeholder organizations to engage with the RCC and to provide their views on implementation and technical aspects of the Joint Action Plan.
January 30, 2012 – Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Meets with Stakeholders in Washington to Discuss Implementation of Joint Action Plan initiatives
As committed to in the Canada–United States RCC Joint Action Plan announced on December 7, 2011, an RCC stakeholder engagement session took place on January 30, 2012 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. This meeting was the first formal RCC stakeholder engagement session to discuss the RCC’s overall objective of regulatory cooperation and provided a useful opportunity for stakeholders from both Canada and the United States to share their views on this joint initiative.
The session allowed for an exchange regarding the implementation of Joint Action Plan initiatives, ways to foster ongoing alignment, and to prevent future unnecessary regulatory differences between Canada and the United States.
The session served to:
Participants encouraged the RCC to continue to make stakeholder engagement a central and ongoing part of their work.
The next formal RCC stakeholder session will take place in Ottawa later in 2012. In addition, there will be ongoing stakeholder engagement activities that form an integral part of the implementation process by working groups
January 31, 2012 – Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Technical Review and Stakeholder Advisory Sessions in Washington
The following individual RCC stakeholder sessions were held on January 31, 2012 in Washington:
Agriculture and Food, Session A
Agriculture and Food, Session B
Agriculture and Food, Session C
Agriculture and Food, Session D
Agriculture and Food, Session E
Agriculture and Food, Session F
Road Transport – Motor Vehicles
Personal Care Products & Pharmaceuticals
Occupational Safety Issues
Led jointly by senior officials from Canada and the United States, the purpose of the various technical review sessions was to seek expert advice and technical input from the approximately 240 stakeholders in attendance. The sessions provided stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on technical and directional/strategic elements in two fundamental RCC Joint Action Plan areas:
The sessions resulted in considerable, high value input and dialogue around ways to move forward on the initiatives and means to broaden the work to include permanent mechanisms that could be more widely applied across sectors and foster ongoing alignment and prevent future unnecessary differences from occurring.
In addition to providing specific input on draft work plans, a number of themes emerged from these technical review sessions:
Once complete, the work plans will outline details regarding deliverables and timelines that constitute steps in addressing individual Joint Action Plan issues, and how ongoing regulatory alignment will be achieved.
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