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Terms and jargon associated with reporting on international labour standards.

 Recommendations
International instruments adopted by the International Labour Conference which are not legally binding but give guidance as to policy, legislation and practice. Often, they supplement Conventions by providing detailed guidelines for their implementation but they can also be adopted autonomously.
 Regular supervisory bodies of the ILO
The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations [Committee of Experts or CEACR] and the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards [Conference Committee or CAS].
 Repetitions
When governments fail to submit reports in time for consideration by the Committee of Experts, previous pending comments will be repeated. Repetitions may be contained in directs requests or observations. Repeated failures will be noted with regret and may cause a direct request to become an observation, which is then published in the Committee's annual report.
 Report form
Following the adoption of a Convention and Recommendation the Governing Body adopts a report form to be used by governments when preparing detailed article 22 reports. All report forms are available in NORMLEX.
Report forms for detailed reports contain two types of questions: (1) general questions in bold with roman numerals; and (2) questions on individual articles of the Convention. For the individual articles of the Conventions you are required to: (a) indicate in detail the provisions of the relevant laws, regulations, statements or documents which give effect to each of the articles of the Convention, and (b) provide any information specifically requested  in italics under each article of the Convention.
If the Convention at issue is supplemented by a Recommendation, this is appended to the report form for information. You are not required to respond to any questions concerning Recommendations.
In 2018, the Governing Body has adopted an integrated report form for simplified reports.
 Report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations [Committee of Experts or CEACR]
The structure of the report is divided into the following parts:
(a) The Reader’s note provides indications on the Committee of Experts and the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards (their mandate, functioning and the institutional context in which they operate) (Part A).
(b) Part I: the General Report describes the manner in which the Committee of Experts undertakes its work and the extent to which member States have fulfilled their constitutional obligations in relation to international labour standards, and it draws the attention to issues of general interest arising out of the Committee’s work (Part A).
(c) Part II: Observations concerning particular countries cover the sending of reports, the application of ratified Conventions, and the obligation to submit instruments to the competent authorities (Part A).
(d) Part III: General Survey, in which the Committee of Experts examines the state of the legislation and practice regarding a specific area covered by a given number of Conventions and Recommendations. This examination covers all member States regardless of whether or not they have ratified the given Conventions. The General Survey is published as a separate volume (Part B).
 Representation
The representation procedure is governed by articles 24 and 25 of the ILO Constitution. It grants an industrial association of employers or of workers the right to present to the ILO Governing Body a representation against any member State which, in its view, "has failed to secure in any respect the effective observance within its jurisdiction of any Convention to which it is a party." A three-member tripartite committee of the Governing Body may be set up to examine the representation and the government's response. The report that the committee submits to the Governing Body states the legal and practical aspects of the case, examines the information submitted, and concludes with recommendations. Where the government's response is not considered satisfactory, the Governing Body is entitled to publish the representation and the response. Representations concerning the application of Conventions Nos. 87 and 98 are usually referred for examination to the Committee on Freedom of Association.
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