UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)




In 2010, the secretariat of WP.6 started to collect information on market surveillance authorities in the UNECE region and beyond, in partnership with the European Commission and the EuroAsian Interstate Council.* Currently, more than 30 countries have provided information about their market surveillance authorities.

Armenia (ENG RUS) France (ENG FR) Portugal
Austria  Greece Romania
Belarus (ENG RUS) Hungary Russian Federation (ENG RUS)
Belgium (ENG FRE) Iceland Slovakia
Brazil Ireland Slovenia
Bulgaria Italy Spain
China Latvia Sweden
Cyprus Lithuania Switzerland (ENG FRE)
Czech Republic Luxembourg Turkey
Germany Malta Ukraine (ENG RUS)
Denmark Moldova (ENG RUS) United Kingdom
Estonia Netherlands  
Finland Poland  

WP.6 now aims at developing a simple, broad system of information, in both English and Russian. An accepted typology of market surveillance sectors will be developed in order to enable users to search information according to useful criteria. A prototype database for three countries (Belarus, Brazil and Cyprus), based on sector classification proposed by Brazil, is available online.


Related initiatives:

A single market for goods
List of market surveillance authorities in general developed by the European Commission.

Mechanical Engineering
List of market surveillance authorities implementing ATEX developed by the European Commission.

Export Helpdesk
Export Helpdesk is an online service, provided by the European Commission, to facilitate market access for developing countries to the European Union.

Information and Communication System for Market Surveillance (ICSMS)
ICSMS is a powerful system offering the various users a wealth of practical functionality. Its main task is to provide and exchange product information via the internet. It is used by market surveillance authorities from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Luxemburg, Malta, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products (RAPEX)
RAPEX is a rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products developed by the European Union.

Technical Regulations Information System (TRIS)
TRIS is a database developed by the European Union to implement the 98/34/EC Directive and more generally to further the objective of the Single Market.


* The mandate for this project is to be found in paragrah 52, ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2009/19, and ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2010/16.