White House regs chief says cooperation with Canada is paying off

During remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bershteyn said the council’s success is owed, in part, to high-level commitment within the two governments.

“It was President Obama and Primer Minister Harper who have articulated the shared goal of using regulatory cooperation to help make the United States and Canada more secure and economically competitive,” he said.

Bershteyn cited programs allowing the countries to simultaneously review veterinary drugs and conduct joint inspections of foreign-flagged vessels entering the Great Lakes.

The council is also pursuing joint approvals of  certain products used in agriculture and aligned regulations on tire safety and occupant restraint systems in vehicles.

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