Report on effective inspection regimes


Report no. 15/2016

The report concerns inspection activities carried out by five government bodies. The purpose of the study has been to collect and communicate knowledge of the organisation of effective inspection. 

Enterprises must be familiar with and comply with current legislation and provisions, but inspection may enhance regulatory compliance and thereby contribute to improving the level of security within the respective policy areas. It is for the government bodies to ensure a satisfactory level of compliance through effective inspections organised within the legislative framework and with the resources available. 

The purpose of the study is to assess how selected government bodies organise their inspections. The report answers the following questions: 

  • Are inspections organised effectively?
  • Have the government bodies collaborated with each other on organising and conducting inspections? 

It is Rigsrevisionen’s assessment that none of the examined inspection regimes meet all the preconditions set out for organising effective inspections. Based on the outcome of the study, Rigsrevisionen finds that government bodies should have access to common guidelines that can support and inspire them in their efforts to organise inspections more effectively. It is also Rigsrevisionen’s assessment that exchanging data between sectors and/or coordinating inspections can improve the effectiveness of inspection and reduce the administrative burden on enterprises. Rigsrevisionen therefore recommends that a cross-departmental forum be charged with addressing these issues 

Rigsrevisionen initiated the study in August 2016.

Read the 1st chapter of the report (PDF)