a rule (usually issued by a government agency or established authority) that has the force of law
The Department of Immigration has issued new regulations regarding the granting of temporary residence permits.
EU rules that take direct effect on EU member states (=rules that are binding on EU member states without those states having to pass any national legislation)
In accordance with Article 8 of Directive 2005/32/EC, this Regulation should specify the applicable conformity assessment procedures.
the action of regulating something (=checking or controlling something)
People using these services rightly rely on effective regulation to help safeguard their interests.