Agreements On Mutual Recognition Of Conformity Assessment

Protocol 12 to the EEA Agreement ensures the proper functioning and homogeneity of the EEA. The Protocol ensures that, when taking the initiative to negotiate Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), the EU negotiates on the basis of the conclusion by the third countries concerned of a parallel MRA with the EEA EFTA States equivalent to those to be concluded by the EU [Box 1]. This system of parallel agreements allows third countries throughout the EEA to benefit from simplified market access for the sectors covered and vice versa [Box 2]. Doing business in Australia and New Zealand: Conformity assessment [PDF, 354KB] (link leaves this page). List of approved conformity assessment bodies designated by the United States The assessment of the GMP supervisory authorities for veterinary medicinal products for the veterinary scope is ongoing. It is essential that “traditional” NRAs do not require states to harmonize rules (e.g. B to establish common standards and technical rules), nor to require parties to one MRA to recognise the requirements of the other as equivalent – MRIs are limited to the recognition of the competence of the partner`s CABs in conformity assessment. Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) promote trade in goods between the European Union and third countries and facilitate market access. These are bilateral agreements designed to benefit industry by facilitating access to conformity assessment. These agreements benefit regulators by reducing double inspections in any other area, allowing for a greater focus on higher-risk sites, and expanding inspection coverage of the global supply chain. EPAs are usually concluded with candidate countries with which the EU has concluded association agreements (see our explanation of association agreements) and are a step in the accession process. The objective of the JEPs is to align the technical rules of a candidate country with those of the EU with a view to preparing for EU membership.

This type of MRA is by nature temporary, as it disappears when the country enters the EU`s internal market. The text of the Protocol on the mutual recognition of the results of conformity assessment is part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, and includes the relevant lists of designated laboratories, inspection and conformity assessment bodies, both in the EU and in the third country. Links to existing lists are available on this site. Other examples of mutual recognition of the rules include the 2004 EU-US MRI for marine equipment, the 1998 Australia-New Zealand Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA) and the 2002 EU-Switzerland MRA. Members using a mandatory third-party conformity assessment system as part of their legal framework are encouraged to use this agreement to mutually recognise conformity assessment. It reduces costs and possible delays in double checks due to the importation of participating members. The MRA with Israel is a Compliant Industrial Product Evaluation and Acceptance Agreement (ACAA). This is a specific type of MRA based on the alignment of the legal system and infrastructure of the country concerned with that of the EU. NIST serves as the design authority for MRIs.

NIST is responsible for designating qualified US CABs for our various MRA partners. NIST receives, reviews and processes applications from CABs seeking recognition from our MRA partners. Mra`s partner supervisory authorities formally recognise CABs for their specific technical rules/standards and/or certification requirements. Recognized U.S. CABs can then help the U.S. Manufacturers having their testing and/or certification requirements for certain economies. Participants shall recognise audit reports and certificates of conformity issued by other participating economies. Read the full assessment of agreements and agreements on the mutual recognition of conformity assessment. .

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