Postal operators have to manage complex laws and regulations applied to the postal sector that are relevant to existing and new services. They are faced with national and transnational regulatory obligations and requirements.

How does it work?

IPC’s Regulatory services provide members with a full overview of legal, regulatory, and political developments affecting postal operators’ existing or potential business within Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. IPC produces an annual IPC Postal Regulatory Database and maintains the IPC Regulatory Portal. In addition, IPC provides posts with a number of publications and in-depth articles focusing on regulatory issues as well as weekly and monthly Regulatory News Flashes. The IPC Regulatory department provides experts in the area with a platform to exchange best practises and keep up to date with the latest developments.


  • IPC’s Regulatory services can provide help for posts with the interaction with national regulatory authorities by providing a comparison of regulatory frameworks and obligations applied in different markets.
  • Online access to up to date information and benchmarks on regulatory topics such as the Universal Service Obligation, VAT policy, licensing, and price regulation.
  • Regular news updates on the latest regulatory and legal developments worldwide via the IPC weekly and monthly Regulatory Flashes.

An overview of IPC's Regulatory Services

IPC’s regulatory services are an in-depth insight into the regulatory activities within the postal sector. Through these services, participants are able to gain access to a number of relevant publications, analysis and news.

IPC Postal Regulatory Database

The IPC Postal Regulatory Database provides up-to-date, detailed information and descriptions of the postal regulatory framework in 58 countries. It is available as a hard copy or can be consulted in full online, via the IPC website and the Regulatory Portal.

IPC Regulatory Portal

The IPC Regulatory Portal is a web application that allows for an easy comparison of regulations in 27 countries worldwide, EU regulations affecting postal services, and analyses via a number of reports. The IPC Regulatory Portal is beneficial for postal operators functioning in national markets outside their home territory and for regulatory information at large.

The Portal is divided into eight modules that provide members with information at a very detailed level on the most relevant issues, such as the Universal Service Obligation (USO), price regulation, VAT policy, licensing, postal network and downstream access, among others.

  • The first of its modules is “Regulatory Topics”, which offers a general overview of each of these issues in an easy-to-read format.
  • “Country Pages”, provides members with a detailed overview of domestic regulations around important topics.
  • The “EU Issue Tracker” module includes a selection of EU legislative documents along with communications, opinion papers, statistics, studies and reports on the EU cross-border e-commerce market.
  • The “Regulators’ Tracker” module provides information and documents from the National Regulatory Authorities (NRA’s) in 27 countries and also the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP).
  • The “Regulatory Library” includes more than 500 reports, including impact studies, academic papers, articles and the postal acts.
  • The “Topic Pages” module allows navigation of regulatory topics starting from the topic and not the country mode. Country-specific information is also linked to relevant documents uploaded on the Portal under Country Pages and Topic Pages.
  • The “Match Maker” allows comparisons of selected country profiles based on selected topics and rules.
  • The “Regulatory Database” module includes the electronic version of all the IPC Regulatory Database publications from 2004

IPC Regulatory Flashes

An important part of IPC’s Regulatory services are the weekly and monthly IPC Regulatory Flashes. The Regulatory Flashes provide readers with a selection of news, reports and other publications coming from Postal operators, regulators, governmental authorities, etc. regarding postal regulations around Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas.

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