Case studies

There are sector-specific risks and benefits for regulatory cooperation.

In this section

ASEAN cosmetics regulation

The harmonisation of ASEAN cosmetics is a success story.

The Asia Region Funds Passport initiative

Mutual recognition of licensing requirements that allows managed funds in 1 country to be offered to investors in other participating countries.

Competition law – The Trans-Tasman experience

Cooperation on competition law between Australia and New Zealand has a long history and has involved a range of different cooperation mechanisms.

Cooperating with international privacy regulators

After a decade of concerted effort, cooperation is well embedded and supported by inter-governmental organisations and regulatory networks.

Cooperating with the World Wine Trade Group

This Group has used a range of informal and formal mechanisms to lower regulatory trade barriers since 1998.

Global Patent Prosecution Highway Programme

A global cooperation project that succeeded after efforts to harmonise regulation failed.

Intellectual property cooperation in ASEAN

Moving from ambitious top-down harmonisation to interoperability and informal cooperation.

International cooperation through the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand

This case study examines international regulatory cooperation between New Zealand and Australia through the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

International regulatory cooperation on space activities

Cooperating with overseas regulators and unilaterally recognising other countries’ regulatory regimes helped deliver effective regulation quickly and cost effectively.

Trans-Tasman scheme for licensing patent attorneys

Australia and New Zealand have created a joint system with one set of rules, and one overarching institution. It was created to minimise the cost of regulation of patent attorneys across the Tasman and facilitate enhanced competition between Australian and New Zealand patent attorneys.

The Washington Accord – recognising international engineering qualifications

This Washington Accord recognises accredited engineering education programmes in over 20 countries. It has grown into a series of agreements that recognise professional engineering qualifications and competence.