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

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

2011 Events
First webinar of the Group of experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems

The first webinar of the GRM (Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems) - held on 8 March 2011 - marked an official start of the UNECE work on developing recommendations on applying risk management tools in regulatory systems.

The Group members discussed the priorities of work, project plan and the general model “Risk Management in Regulatory Systems”, which will be widely used in the further activities of the Group.

The GRM was established in November 2010, at the 40th Anniversary Annual Session of the UNECE WP.6. The 35 members of the Group represent regulatory authorities and private sector, conformity assessment and standardization bodies, market surveillance authorities and various professional risk management organizations.

“This broad representation is needed because the group aims at developing a recommendation that will cover a regulatory system as a whole, not just its single processes. One of the reasons why we indeed had a very fruitful discussion of the general model yesterday, is because at the webinar we had 17 members from various countries representing different regulatory stakeholders” – says Lorenza Jachia, the Secretary of the WP.6.

Within the following 2 months, the Group plans to approve the list of priorities and start developing specific reference models for managing risks within regulatory systems. For more details, see the webinar report.

International Regulatory Reform Conference

The Secretary of the WP.6 gave a presentation at the International Regulatory Reform Conference. The motto of the Conference ‘looking at the whole elephant’, an ‘elephant’ being a regulatory system, mirrors the work undergoing within the WP.6.

The presentation will cover the activities of the WP.6 in promoting good regulatory practice and recent developments in the work on risk management in regulatory systems.

Back-to-back to the Conference, the GRM (Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems) will hold its first face-to-face meeting, following the webinar on 8 March 2011. At the meeting, the Group Coordinators will present the results of the webinar and will approve the draft list of priorities for the group and the draft project plan.

Annual Planning Meeting of UNECE WP.6 Acitivities
2009 Events
Conference on Risk Assessment and Management, 24 November (whole day) and 25 November (morning session)

Workshop “Practical Application of Risk Assessment and Management Tools”, 23 November, Geneva

7th MARS Group meeting, 8-10 October, Bratislava, Slovakia

5th SIEEE meeting, 2 September 2009, Melbourne, Australia
    The meeting agreed on the aims and the status of the initiative and endorsed the first draft of Common Regulatory Objectives the draft CROs and recommended that the Working Party endorses them at its next annual session 24-26 November 2009 in Geneva. Presentations of the meeting are available:

    Ms. Lorenza Jachia – Secretary, Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies
    Mr. Frank Lienesch – Coordinator, Sectoral Initiative on Equipment for Explosive Environments
    Mr. Uwe Klausmeyer – Convenor of the Working Group 8 Regulatory Dialogue of EX Management Committee of IECex and Immediate past Chairperson IECex
    List of participants
Meeting of the Bureau, Rapporteurs and Coordinators, START Team and MARS Group, 27-29 May, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Events
Panel Session 1: Private Standards, 4 November, Geneva, Switzerland

Panel Session 2: Sectoral Initiative on Equipment for Explosive Environments, 3 November, Geneva, Switzerland

Panel Session 3: Market Surveillance Model Initiative, 3 November, Geneva, Switzerland

6th MARS Group meeting, 2-4 October, Bratislava, Slovakia

2nd SIEEE meeting, 29 September, Paris, France
2007 Events
2006 Events
MARS Group meeting, 24-26 September, Bratislave, Slovakia

UNECE International Forum on "Common Regulatory Language for Global Trade", 20-21 June, Geneva, Switzerland
2005 Events
Second International Forum on Market Surveillance and Consumer Protection, 24-25 October, Geneva, Switzerland

5th SIT meeting, 30 September, Geneva, Switzerland
    At the fifth meeting of the Sectoral Initiative for Telecom (SIT), participants reviewed progresses made by the Initiative and the developments in the process of ratification of the adopted Common regulatory Objectives (CROs) in several countries. Minutes of the meeting are available.

    Report
MARS Group meeting, 4 April, Strbske Pleso, Slovakia
2004 Events
4th SIT meeting, 25 November, Geneva, Switzerland
    At the fourth meeting of the Sectoral Initiative for Telecom (SIT), participants reviewed progresses made by the Initiative and discussed further action to promote the Initiative. Minutes of the meeting as well as four documents are available.
    Document 1     Document 2     Document 3     Document 4      Document 5      Report
International Workshop on Best Practice in National Quality Award Schemes, 23 November, Geneva, Switzerland
    The Workshop was organized back to back with the annual session of the Working Party to draw the attention on the importance of governmental quality programmes as a means of raising awareness and promoting quality assurance. Governments were invited to provide information on their experience and proposals for further initiatives. Participants also considered a proposal for an integrated management scheme prepared by the ad hoc Team of Specialists on Quality Management Systems.

    Download documents:
    TRADE/WP.6/2004/3/Rev.1     TRADE/WP.6/2004/3/Add.1    TRADE/WP.6/2003/12
Round Table on regulatory cooperation in South-east Europe, 22 November, Geneva, Switzerland

First meeting of Regulators from Southeast European Countries, 8 June, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia

MARS Group meeting, 5-6 April, Strbske Pleso, Slovakia
2003 Events
3rd SIT meeting, 13 November, Geneva, Switzerland

    At the third meeting of the Sectoral Initiative for Telecom (SIT), participants reviewed progresses made by the Initiative. They suggested that additional categories be included in the list of ICT equipment for which Common Regulatory Objectives (CROs) can be drafted. Minutes of the meeting, the agenda and the list of participants are available.

    Agenda        List of participants        Report
International Seminar on Regional Experiences in good Governance for Regulatory Practices, 10-11 November, Geneva, Switzerland


First MARS meeting, 8-9 September 2003, Piestany, Slovakia

    Inaugural meeting of the UNECE Advisory Group on Market Surveillance

    Agenda      Document
2nd SIT meeting, 27-28 May, Geneva, Switzerland
    At the second meeting of the Sectoral Initiative for Telecom (SIT), participants reviewed progresses made by the Initiative. They suggested that additional categories be included in the list of ICT equipment for which Common Regulatory Objectives (CROs) can be drafted. Minutes of the meeting and a list of participants are available.

    List of participants        Report
2002 Events
Forum on Market Surveillance, 29 October, Geneva, Switzerland

1st SIT meeting, 15 October, Geneva, Switzerland
    The first official meeting of the Sectoral Initiative for Telecom (SIT) was held back to back with the 12th annual session of WP.6. The Ad hoc Team of Specialists on STAndardization and Regulatory Techniques (START Team) presented the results obtained during two previous informal meetings involving government and IT company representatives.

    An official note from the START Team documents the willingness of participants to follow the International Model enshrined in Recommendation L of WP.6. It provides a justification for Common Regulatory Objectives (CROs) and the first draft CROs for the telecom sector.

    Report
2001 Events
Workshop on the Conformity Assessment Procedures and Trade Facilitation, 30 October, Geneva, Switzerland
    Participants discussed Conformity Assessment Procedures and the protection of legitimate concerns of Governments and consumers or obstacle to international trade. Additionally, there were discussions on the experience of international cooperation and agreements on recognition of conformity assessment.

    Programme     TRADE/WP.6/2001/2
2000 Events
Workshop on the Role of Standards and Technical Regulations in International Trade, 7 November, Geneva, Switzerland
    Presentations were given on the experience of UN/ECE intergovernmental groups of experts, international standards organizations and other global fora on technical harmonization matters. Additionally, participants discussed the views and experience of economic operators and regulators regarding the facilitation of trade through technical harmonization.

    Programme   TRADE/WP.6/2000/3     English     French     Russian
Workshop on ISO 14000 Standards in the Chemical Industry, 30-31 March, Budapest, Hungary