regulation is a list of legal norms or expressions , issued by the public administration. It is in charge of establishing guidelines to regulate specific activities, to which it refers. In addition, in the occasions in which these guidelines are contravened, the regulation fulfills the task of issuing sanctions, to ensure that the parties involved function .They are legal norms with which limits are imposed and powers are recognized in certain circumstances, always within a delimited margin of action. Although a regulation adheres to legal norms and is issued by a public authority, it is subordinate to the law; It is not usually mandatory, which differentiates it from the laws, which have a higher rank.There are also regulations that can be classified as “private”. These regulate the actions and powers of the members of a community (company, school or other private institution), sanctioning improper behavior and regulating issues such as the use of spaces and facilities or certain resources, for example.

What are the regulations for?

The main function of a regulation is to help preserve order, both in organizations and in society. It is useful to streamline the services and functions of the members, therefore all administrations and companies have regulations as a requirement to support their operation.

The regulations serve to:

  • Regulate aspects that are not specified within the laws
  • Establish an order for coexistence
  • Establish parameters for the performance of specific tasks
  • Avoid inappropriate behaviors that generate conflicts
  • Provide equality in compliance with the standards that are established
  • Punish equally all those who must comply with the regulation and do not do so

They serve to establish an order for coexistence

Implementing a regulation allows organizations to set standards of coexistence to maintain order during the development of their activities. It is convenient when a program of administrative sanctions is also managed, according to the offenses committed to the list of rules.

They are used to avoid inappropriate behaviors that generate conflicts

This purpose is easy to observe with an example like the following. In a school there is a regulation that prevents actions such as:

  • Running in hallways or stairs
  • Eat during class hours
  • Scream inside the premises
  • Play with balls or sticks

All of the above actions can cause accidents and disorder in classrooms and schoolyards, so the regulation is a requirement to stop them.

Helps regulate aspects that are not specified in laws

It is through the regulations that legal aspects that have not been clearly established within the laws are included. A guideline is given to follow and, if they are voluntarily ignored or omitted, sanctions or fines are imposed when talking about public regulations.

Establish a framework within which actions can be taken

This is the case, for example, of police and military regulations, which establish what types of actions must be carried out or not, regarding the use of uniforms and insignia. Elements that contravene the provisions are sanctioned.

In the case of the internal regulations of a condominium, it happens that:

  • Limits are established for the use of some common space
  • Indications are given regarding the repair of any problem

It is with the regulations that it is possible to proceed for the collective benefit, respecting the framework of action.

Regulations classification

Regulations can be classified into three main categories:

  • Public regulations
  • Internal regulations
  • Private regulations

Public regulations

They are those that are issued by an authority to be applied in a general or public way, as in the case of traffic regulations, followed by citizens to achieve road order.

Internal regulations

These can be issued by different instances:

  • Authorities: such as the regulations that regulate political institutions, such as the chambers of deputies, the chambers of senators, the legislative bodies.
  • Private companies: they are applied so that the organization chart of the institution operates in harmony, achieving that the objectives are achieved more quickly.

Once the facilities are left or participation in the organization is stopped , the internal regulations are not valid ; they no longer have a field of application.

There are two variants of the internal regulations, which are:

  • Internal public regulations: they are complied with in public institutions, they regulate the powers and actions of public servants.
  • Private internal regulations: they apply to the employees of a company, during the production and service rendering processes.

Private regulations

They are those that establish norms and guidelines to be followed within companies and private institutions, such as schools, industrial plants, shops and others.

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Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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