UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe
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Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

 

Twentieth Session of the Working Party
1 and 2 November 2010
Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

 

  • Introduction
  • In-session documents
  • Presentations
  • List of Participants
  • Report

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:

PANEL SESSION: "Risk Management in Regulatory Systems”, 1 November 2010 from 10 a.m. to 13:00 p.m.

Time

Title

Speaker

10:10 – 10:20

 

 

Showing of the documentary “Killer Trees” – courtesy of the Central Government Reform Programme, The Netherlands

10:20 – 10:30

Risk management tools at the center of regulatory systems

Ms. Lorenza Jachia
Secretary, WP 6

10:30 – 10:40

Mr. Jan van Tol
Project Leader
Dutch project Risk and Responsibility

10:40 – 10:50

Contingency planning: Sharing best practice in managing unfolding crises

Mr. Simon Webb
Former Director-General, UK Cabinet Office

Simon Webb completed in July a guide on high-level crisis management for the UK Government, drawing on his experiences as a Director-General in several Departments 2001 to 2010. At the Department for Transport 2004-9, he was champion for Better Regulation leading simplification of airport regulation and land-use planning for infrastructure. Simon recently became an Executive Director of the Nichols Group, which specialises in large infrastructure projects (such as the Crossrail railway under London) and change initiatives.

10:40 – 11:05

Discussion session

11:05 – 11:15

Using risk management in regulatory
systems:
the experience of the European Union
  Mr. Fabrizio Sacchetti
Policy Officer , European Commission - DG Enterprise and Industry

11:15 – 11:25

Risk Management in Regulatory System -
A Brazilian perspective
Mr.Gustavo Kuster
Conformity Assessment Manager of Inmetro
since 2004. Inmetro is responsible for regulations on conformity assessment procedures in Brazil. Mr. Kuster represents Inmetro in various international and regional forums on conformity assessment, such as Mercosur, the ISO CASCO and other forums of conformity assessment. Since late 2009 INMETRO began the implementation of regulatory impact analysis (RIAs) for new regulations for conformity assessment and has already developed 12 RIA.

11:25 – 11:35

Risk-analysis and risk focus in technical
regulations – a comparison of approaches
Mr. Florentin Blanc
World Bank Group - Investment Climate Advisory Services

Florentin Blanc is a World Bank Group consultant on regulatory reform. He is in charge of developing best practice in business inspections reform. He has been leading or supporting inspections reform work in ten countries, ranging from Cambodia to Peru through Kenya, and with a particular focus on the Former Soviet states (Central Asia, Caucasus and Eastern Europe). He is also involved in research work on this topic both within the World Bank Group and at the University of Leiden (NL). In addition to his work on business inspections, he has also been actively involved in reforming permits and licensing regimes. Before his work at the Bank, Florentin had a first career as a teacher and lecturer, and then worked several years in an international development NGO in Central Asia.

11:35 – 11:45

Risk Management in the Electro-Medical Sector

Mr. Pierre de Ruvo
International Electrotechnical Commission, Executive Secretary of the System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE)

Chairman of the tripartite IEC-ILAC-IAF Steering Committee. After more than thirty years in the field of Conformity Assessment Programmes in 1999 he was elected and appointed Executive Secretary of the IECEE, the flagship Conformity Assessment System of the IEC and joined the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Central Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

11:50 – 12:05

Questions and answers : Discussion session

12:05 - 12:20

Moving forward: What role for WP. 6 in risk management? (no slides available)

Mr. Donald Macrae
Member, Risk and Regulation Advisory Council, United Kingdom

Member, Risk and Regulation Advisory Council, UK. Before going independent in 2007 as a consultant in Regulation and Policy, he was Director General for Law and Regulation in the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Amongst his recent consultancy work, he has been advising Brazil’s technical standards regulator, Inmetro, on applying Impact Assessment to Conformity Assessment Procedures, in conjunction with the University of Sao Paulo.

12:20 – 12:35

Stakeholders’ needs and expectations

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

Ad interim coordinator of the UNECE Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems, he works as a consultant in a UNECE project to identify regulatory barriers to trade. At the Growth Trajectory Consulting Company since 2003, he has completed several projects to help service companies raise business efficiency through the application of international standards. He has a PhD in Economics, is a certified ISO/IEC 9001:2008 Auditor and Certified Project Manager. He authored a book on Risk Management and numerous articles on information security and project portfolio management.

12:35 – 13:00

Discussion on the Programme of work of the proposed Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems

PANEL SESSION: Promoting Cooperation in Conformity Assessment, 2 November 2010 from 10 a.m. to 13 p.m.

Time

Topic

Speaker

10:00 – 10:15

Needs of countries with economies in transition in conformity assessment (RUS)

Mr. Valery Hurevich
Director, Belarusian State Institute for Standardization and Certification, BelGISS
Director of the Belarusian State Institute for Standardization and Certification (Minsk, Belarus). Field of activity: development and improvement of the system for technical normalization and standardization. Areas of scientific interest: methodology of risk analysis, assessment and management in the field of technical normalization and standardization.

10:15 – 10:30

The ISO/CASCO toolbox : modern conformity assessment practice for business and authorities

Mr. Sean McCurtain
Head, Conformity Assessment,
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Head of Conformity Assessment at the International Standards Organization (ISO), he is also Secretary of the Policy Development Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO). Prior to joining ISO he was Executive Director at the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) where he was responsible for all accreditation programmes. He was an international peer evaluator for both IAF and ILAC

10:30 – 10:45

Avoiding multiple certification or testing through multilateral certification schemes

Mr. Gabriel Barta
Head Technical Coordination,
Secretary, Market Strategy Board, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Since October 2010 the new Secretary of the IEC Market Strategy Board. He was previously the Head of technical coordination, He has broad responsibilities in technical, management and strategic areas.

10:45- 11:00

Questions and answers: Discussion session

11:00 - 11:15

The experience of the European Union

 

Mr. Fabrizio Sacchetti
Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Enterprise and Industry

11:15 – 11:30

What multiple certification means for business

Mr. Gerold Klotz-Engmann
Head, International Product and Plant Safety, Endress+Hauser

Head of International Product and Plant Safety at Endress+Hauser Sales. Since 1993 Gerold has been participating in standardisation bodies and associations, such as ZVEI, Orgalime ATEX Task Force; DKE K241 (leading K241.0.10 Cat. 1G equipment); CENELEC TC31 (leading TC31/WG09 and WG15); IEC TC31 (leading TC31/MT60079-26); ISA SP12.27; IEC Ex System

11:30 - 12:00

Promoting Regulatory
Cooperation in Conformity
Assessment
Market access for ICT using Recommendation L

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

Director, Technical Regulations Government & Industry Relations in Ericsson He has been with the company since 1979, working with product specifications and verification for compliance with applicable technical regulations worldwide. Since 2004 he is responsible for general matters concerning product related technical regulations within the Ericsson Group

 

UN/ECE WP 6
International Model for
Technical Harmonization
Earth-Moving Machine Safety
Cooperation in Conformity
Assessment

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

Chair of ISO/TC 127 for Earth-Moving Machines since 2002. Since 1996 with the Caterpillar corporate Standards and Regulations Department. Previously, he worked out of the Caterpillar European office in Geneva, Switzerland as the International Research Manager, and in the Caterpillar Technical Center as the Ergonomics Program Manager.

  Cooperation of Conformity Assessment
Bodies
an experience report around equipment
for explosive atmospheres

Mr. Uwe Klausmeyer
Director and Professor, Chair of IECEx Management Committee, Physikalish-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

12:00 – 12:15

Questions and answers / Discussion session / Conclusions


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
Title
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

     
     
     

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