Global Harmonization: Achieving New Levels of International Cooperation

| 01 June 2008

In recent decades, great changes in the world economy, together with expanded working relationships among regulatory agencies around the globe, have resulted in growing interest in international harmonization of regulatory requirements. Increased international commerce, opportunities to enhance public health through cooperative endeavors and the scarcity of government resources have resulted in efforts by regulatory agencies in different nations to work together to develop standards and harmonize their regulatory requirements. Such harmonization enhances public health protection and improves government efficiencies by reducing both unwarranted, contradictory regulatory requirements and redundant applications of similar requirements by multiple regulatory bodies. Harmonization facilitates cooperation in regulatory activities.1


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