Big Third-Party Certifiers and the Construction of Transnational Regulation

Abstract : International trade is increasingly regulated through standardization, certification, and accreditation. To ensure that consumers can trust that the products they buy meet regulators’ standards, third-party certifiers and accreditation bodies, which “certify the certifiers,” act as intermediaries enlisted to deliver conformity assessment certificates to producers. This article explores how a few third-party certifiers have exploited their position between multiple regulators and diverse targets to invest in a growing number of sectors, expand globally, and become preferred advisers to regulators. As regulators enlist them to standardize certification practices, big third-party certifiers (BTPCs) advise regulators to set system-based regulations that are better suited to their own organizations and networks of international subsidiaries.
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ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, SAGE Publications, 2017, Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance, 670 (1), pp.263-279. 〈http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0002716217694589〉
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Jean-Pierre Galland. Big Third-Party Certifiers and the Construction of Transnational Regulation. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, SAGE Publications, 2017, Regulatory Intermediaries in the Age of Governance, 670 (1), pp.263-279. 〈http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0002716217694589〉. 〈hal-01511572〉

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