The START Team assists member States’ efforts to converge towards better regulations. To reduce non-tariff barriers to trade, the content of technical regulations should revolve around the definition of essential requirements. Making reference to international standards in national legislation is the most efficient way to achieve this.
The Team holds consultations with governments, international organizations and business associations and consumer groups, as well as standards-setting bodies and test houses, among others, to explore concerns related to regulatory convergence.
The START Team uses a model for regulatory cooperation created in 2001, Recommendation L. The model details the necessary steps for the preparation, adoption and application of technical regulations in a specific sector by the use of international standards.
Currently, several Sectoral Initiatives1 based on Recommendation L are currently underway: