The Handbook

The Handbook presents regulatory techniques of nine jurisdictions and a basic universal method. It is currently used by government officials and parliamentarians in the Americas, in Europe, in Africa and in Asia. It is made available free of charge because better regulations benefit us all.

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The chapters of the Handbook cover the following:

  • Introduction
  • Laying the ground
  • Risks and performances
  • Enforcement
  • Other implementation questions
  • Miscellaneous
  • Working methods and ethics
  • Integral quality verification

The Handbook was developed by Manfred Kohler in 2014 based on his experiences of training more than 300 European Union officials from many different policy fields (products and services, internet, transport, energy, climate change, environment, health, food, etc.). The purpose of the Handbook is to assist officials involved in regulatory activities. It can also be used as a basis for training courses or for self-training.

This Handbook is not intended to be read from A to Z. Instead, readers are invited to pick and choose the sections that are relevant to them. [As a consequence, it is sometimes necessary to repeat some content. Some content is relevant under different aspects and therefore needs to be displayed in different Sections.] The Handbook was not developed  to be the authoritative source of how to regulate. It should be used as a first orientation and as an intellectual exercise for how to start to regulate. The Handbook explores the empty space between:

  • the constitution or similar documents setting the legal frame,
  • the sector specific policies followed by the government, administration or institution,
  • the impact assessment, better regulation, simplification and other regulatory policies,
  • applicable drafting instructions or recommendations, and
  • the procedural settings of the respective jurisdiction.

The Regulatory Institute bases its work on the Handbook “How to regulate?” and receives further methodological input from its author, Mr Kohler. For more information about the author please see page 6 of the Handbook, reproduced here:

(Mr) Manfred KOHLER holds two German degrees in law and a French degree in public administration. Since 1989, he has been working for three administrations in two nation states (at the local level and in a national ministry), for a national and an international NGO, for two institutions of the European Union and for two institutions of the United Nations. Throughout his 25 years of professional activity in the field of regulation, he has strengthened more than 150 regulatory acts. From 2010 to 2013, he trained around 300 officials who were working in many different policy fields.