Conformity assessment is the set of procedures that demonstrates specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled. It includes activities such as testing and inspection. Differences in required conformity assessment procedures constitute major barriers to trade.
UNECE encourages member States to coordinate their conformity assessment procedures such as to avoid multiple certification or testing. Sectoral Initiatives launched by the START Team are based on Recommendation L, which explicitly calls for the use of best practice as a basis for conformity assessment procedures (cf. Art. 5.4), and the conclusion of agreements for the mutual recognition of the results from each other’s conformity assessment procedures (cf. Art. 6.3). Conformity assessment procedures are part of the terms of reference of existing Sectoral Initiatives. Common Regulatory Objectives should specify mutually recognized conformity assessment procedures.
At the 20th session of the Working Party 6, which took place on 1 - 2 November 2010, a Panel Session was held on "Promoting Cooperation in Conformity Assessment"