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Performance-Based Regulation 

A regulation that outlines required results or outcomes rather than explicitly mandating a prescriptive approach or method for achieving said results.

(May 2007)


Performance based regulation is one the three regulatory regimes described by Peter May in "Regulatory Regimes and Accountability." These are regulations that are based on the achievement of desired results. Performance-based regulation has goal-oriented outcome specifications for rules and standards, and regulatory goals are embedded in the results orientation. This may be used to regulate aspects of air and water quality, building and fire safety, energy efficiency, forest practices, or pipeline safety.


May, Peter J. 2007. “Regulatory Regimes and Accountability.” Regulation and Governance 1 (1): 8-26.


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