Recent years have seen a change in the nature of regulatory activity at EU level.

There has been a continuing shift away from legally binding instruments (i.e. Regulations and Directives laid down by the EU institutions) to alternative regulatory methods, such as co-regulation and self-regulation by the social and economic actors concerned.

The briefing note developed by EPHA Secretariat aims to provide some insight into the emergence, rationale and legal basis of these practices.

Last modified on March 3 2005.