This report contains case studies that investigate the role of regulatory reforms and practices in the promotion of innovation. The case studies draw lessons and suggest policy recommendations based on APEC member economies’ experiences of implementing regulatory reforms to promote innovation.
The case studies cover three sectors in four APEC member economies, namely: 1) Patents and Utility Models in Korea; 2) Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in Malaysia; and 3) Urban Water Supply and Management in Australia and Singapore. They were developed using a combination of critical literature analysis and semi-structured interviews. The OECD-APEC Integrated Checklist on Regulatory Reform and the Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) criteria discussed at APEC were used as the basis for regulatory analysis in each case study.