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How do regulators balance the need for rigid, universally applied constants with the demands of a dynamic, ever-changing world? Regulatory expert Harry Cayton looks at this and more in our latest Voices article.

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How do regulators balance the need for rigid, universally applied constants with the demands of a dynamic, ever-changing world? Regulatory expert Harry Cayton looks at this and more in our latest Voices article.
Despite few signs of bipartisanship nationwide, at the state level, there have been a number of instances of cross-party support, particularly when it comes to licensing reform.
As we have seen in many industries, AI carries enormous potential. But can it carry over to the world of regulation? Anna van der Gaag's work has taken her deep into the intersection of technology and regulation. In this article, she explores exciting research findings on AI in a regulatory context and shares some encouraging signs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for regulators to handle the rapidly expanding field of telepractice. In this column, Julie de Gongre breaks down seven principles for regulators to keep in mind when regulating telepractice across jurisdictions.
Professor Malcolm Sparrow's thinking on preventive regulation has proved highly influential. But when it comes to translating theory to practice, sometimes regulators have a hard time applying abstract concepts. For the PSA's Douglas Bilton, an event involving his own cat in his very home helped render theory very concrete.
When convicted murderers are permitted to practice in their profession, is good character important? Harry Cayton asks if the boards of licensing bodies should apply the same standards to themselves as they apply to applicants for a license.
Equity is just one piece of the DE&I puzzle and, as gatekeepers to professional practice, regulators are also an important part, since they impact the livelihoods of applicants and licensees, argues Cara Moroney.
Regulation of potentially harmful substances is complicated – particularly in the clothing industry, which isn't directly regulated though several chemicals and substances found in clothing pose a threat to health and the environment. In this Voices column, Cara Moroney looks at how Health Canada regulates the substances that go into clothing, existing gaps in compliance monitoring, and what can be done to better protect the public and the planet from harm.
An unwritten law of regulatory policy suggests that whenever there is a call for more regulation, there is an equal and opposite call for deregulation. Have we struck the right balance? Do calls for deregulation mean greater consequences when things go wrong? In this Voices column, Cara Moroney, a lawyer with deep experience in regulation, explores the matter and asks if deregulation is worth the costs.
In an era where everyone lives and breathes smartphones and social media, the average citizen, licensee, or regulator's experience with government technology is not always great. In this Voices column, Paul Leavoy explores the state of the modern experience with govtech.
The global pandemic has introduced a number of changes to regulation and licensing around the world. But are they permanent? And if regulatory requirements were loosened, were they even necessary in the first place? In this Voices column, leading regulatory authority Harry Cayton explores the pandemic's impact on regulation.


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How do interstate compacts make licensing more efficient?

States are increasingly turning to interstate compacts as a way to help workers in licensed professions practice in multiple states while ensuring that the standards in place to protect the public are upheld. We take a look at different types of occupational licensure compacts and how they make licensing more efficient.


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