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Twentieth Session of the Working Party

1 - 2 November 2010

Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The 20th session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) took place during 1 and 2 November 2010. It marked the 40 years of standardization work in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

It included the following events.  Presentations from the Panel sessions can be accessed from the following link:

Download the list of final decisions

At its 20th session, the Working Party:

  • established a Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM). The GRM will develop best practice and recommendations on how risk management tools can be used in planning, developing and implementing technical regulations, conformity-assessment procedures, market-surveillance activities and inspections, as well as the maintenance of an efficient body of technical regulations through ex-post analysis.
  • reviewed outstanding needs of business and developing countries and countries with economies in transition in the area of conformity assessment. Results of the discussion will serve as an input in the ongoing revision of Recommendation L.
  • recommended the further development of a guidance document for market surveillance authorities; and of a common terminology for market surveillance.
  • supported the establishment of an online database aimed at sharing information on market surveillance authorities in the UNECE region and worldwide regarding: their respective competencies (sectors for which they are responsible), the legislative mandate that is the basis for their action, and their contact details (website/emails).
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Item 1 - Adoption of the agenda

Annotated provisional agenda
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/1
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Item 2 - Election of Officers

Item 3 - Matters arising from previous sessions of the Working Party, and meetings of its Bureau, the Committee on Trade and its Bureau, and the Executive Committe

Report of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies on its nineteenth session
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/19
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Report of the Meeting of WP.6 Bureau, Rapporteurs and Coordinators, “START” Team and “MARS” Group (Stockholm, 7-11 June 2010)
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/9
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Item 4 - Risk management in regulatory systems

Risk assessment and management in the activities of the Working Party
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/2
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Risk management in regulatory systems: A proposed methodology
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/3
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Risk management in regulatory systems: A proposed survey
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/4
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Proposed Group of Experts on Risk Managment in Regulatory Systems
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/5
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Item 5 - Standardization and regulatory practice

Compilation of regulatory developments
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/6
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Modalities for improving information sharing on technical regulations
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/7
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Report on regulatory developments in the chemical industry and its influence on trade
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/8
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(a) Review of developments

(b) Development and update of recommendations on regulatory cooperation and standardization policies

UNECE Recommendations on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies
ECE/TRADE/378
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Proposed revision of Recommendation D, “Reference to Standards”
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/8
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Item 6 - Regulatory cooperation

Report of the meeting of WP.6 Bureau, rapporteurs and Coordinators, “START” Team and “MARS” Group (Stockholm, 7-11 June 2010)
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/9
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(a) Regional projects

(b) Sectoral projects

Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Telecom
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/10
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Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/11
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Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment (1 September 2010, Berlin)
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/12
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Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Pipeline Safety
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/13
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Item 7 - Review of recent developments in conformity assessment and accreditation

Item 8 - Market surveillance

(a) Updates from regional groupings and the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (“MARS” Group)

Report of the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance, its activities and its meeting in Bratislava (27-29 September 2010)
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/14
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List of market surveillance authorities in UNECE member States with their respective competences
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/16
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(b) Update on the Market Surveillance Model Initiative

Market surveillance general concept and how it relates to the activities of the Working Party
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/11
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Draft guide to the use of the General Market Surveillance Model
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/12
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(c) Common definitions and terminology in Market Surveillance

Second draft of the common definitions and terminology in market surveillance
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/17
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Item 9 - Metrology

Item 10 - Programme of work and priorities of the Working Party

Programme of Work for 2011-2013, including the revised table of priorities and an organizational chart
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/19
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Evaluation of the Working Party
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/21
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Item 11 - Capacity-building

Item 12 - Other business

Item 13 - Adoption of the report

Presentation during the Session

Agenda item
Speaker
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3. Matters arising from previous sessions of the Working Party, and meetings of its Bureau, the Committee on Trade and its Bureau, and the Executive Committee

Mr. Valentin Nikonov, Coordinator, UNECE Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems

Preliminary Report, Needs Assessments Study of the Republic of Belarus
5. Standardization and regulatory practice

Mr. Gabriel Barta, Secretary of the Market Strategy Board, International Electrotechnical Commission

Update on the World Standards Cooperation (WSC)

 

Mr. Ivar Jachwitz, Chairperson, External Relations Committee CEN-CENELEC-ETSI

Update from CEN/CENELEC

 

Mr. Bardo Schettini, Director - Corporate Policy, CEN-CENELEC Management Centre

CEN and CENELEC - Cooperation in European Standardization and the future challenges
 
 

Mr. Milan Holeček, President, Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing

Use of WTO Principles in Standardization

 

Mr. Evgeny Petrosyan, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Technical Regulations and Metrology, Russian Federation

Improving information sharing on technical regulations

 

Mr. Valery Hurevich, Director, Belarusian State Institute for Standardization and Certification

Update on the harmonization of technical regulations within the Customs Union

(RUS)
 
:Mr. M. Chloupek, Director of Departmentt, Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing
Regulatory developments in the EU
 

Mrs. Veronika Nikishina, Deputy Director,
Department of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation & WP. 6 Rapporteur on developments in the chemical industry

Regulatory developments in the chemical industry and its influence on trade

6b. Regulatory cooperation: Sectoral projects

Mr. Per Döfnäs, Director, Technical Regulations Group Function Sales & Marketing, EICTA/Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Sectoral Initiative on Telecom

 

Mr. Dan Roley, Chairman, ISO/TC127, Standards Manager in Caterpillar

Sectoral Initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery

 

Mr. Frank Lienesch, Arbeitsgruppe 3.72 "Explosionsgeschützte elektrische Antriebssysteme" PTB, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany

Sectoral Initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment

 

Ms. Nadezhda Volkova, Research-Training Center - Testing and Diagnostics

Sectoral Initiative on Pipeline Safety

7. Review of recent developments in conformity assessment and accreditation Mr. Gabriel Barta, Secretary of the Market Strategy Board, International Electrotechnical Commission Update from the IEC Secretariat

8. Market surveillance

Ms. Kvetoslava Steinlova,  Head, EU Affairs department, Slovak Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing & Chairperson, UNECE Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS)

8th meeting of the MARS Group, Bratislava
 

Mr. Ivan Hendrikx, Coordinator, General Market Surveillance Initiative & Independent consultant and expert, Market Surveillance

A proposed sub-procedure: Sampling techniques used in market surveillance actions

 

Mr. Willem Kool, Coordinator, UNECE Project on Market Surveillance Definitions & Assistant Director, International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)

Proposal for development of the project on “Market Surveillance Definitions”

9. Metrology Mr. Willem Kool, Coordinator, UNECE Project on Market Surveillance Definitions & Assistant Director, International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)

Update on OIML activities

 

Download the list of participants    .pdf

Report of the Session
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/20
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