Canada–European Union Regulatory Cooperation Forum - Overview


The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Between Canada and the European Union (PDF, 1.45 MB) entered into force provisionally on September 21, 2017.

CETA is Canada’s first bilateral trade agreement with a stand-alone chapter on regulatory cooperation. The chapter establishes the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) to facilitate and promote regulatory cooperation between Canada and the European Union (EU). To achieve regulatory cooperation, the RCF will consider a broad range of regulatory measures to improve regulatory planning, promote transparency, and enhance the efficacy of regulations by seeking to reduce duplication and misalignment.

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Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF)

Structure: The RCF is part the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. On the EU side the work is led jointly by DG GROW and DG TRADE and on the Canadian side jointly by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Global Affairs Canada.

Discussions: Discuss regulatory policy issues of mutual interest that the Parties have identified through consultations with stakeholders and regulators.

Partnership: Assist individual regulators to identify potential partners for cooperation activities and provide them with appropriate tools for that purpose.

Cooperation: Encourage the development of bilateral cooperation activities and, on the basis of information obtained from regulatory departments and agencies, review the progress, achievements and best practices of regulatory cooperation initiatives in specific sectors.

Voluntary: Government can regulate as usual. Regulators lead work plan items and hold decision making power.

Stakeholders: To inform their regulatory cooperation activities, including the exchanges of regulators at RCF meetings, both Parties have carried out consultations to collect views of European and Canadian stakeholders.

Moving forward: Continued dialogue, growing the work plan and building on successes.

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What we are doing

Current work plan

Current RCF work plan, published January 3, 2023.

Current items of interest

Past plans

Joint Statement

Canada and the EU released the Joint Statement by Regulators on Animal Welfare.

Completed consultations

From April to June 2022, input on potential CETA RCF Work Plan items was received through the Breaking down inter-jurisdictional regulatory barriers project in the Let’s Talk Federal Regulations online engagement platform. Visit the What We Heard report for more information on input that was received through the consultation.

For the results of previous consultations, visit Archived Reports and Guidance on the GCWiki.

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