Definition

compliance burden

Contributor(s): Ben Cole

Compliance burden, also called regulatory burden, is the administrative cost of a regulation in terms of dollars, time and complexity.

A compliance burden can refer to the specific processes, budgets and manpower the organization initiates in order to meet requirements as well as the potential legal punishment and monetary fines for violating a compliance regulation.

As the number of regulatory requirements grows and reporting requirements become more complex, the compliance burden will continue to be of utmost concern for organizations -- especially those organizations that deal with commerce, healthcare and research data.

This was last updated in October 2012

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