The UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) is a forum for dialogue among regulators and policy makers. The participants discuss a wide range of issues, including technical regulations, standardization, conformity assessment, metrology, market surveillance and risk management.
The Working Party makes recommendations that promote regulatory policies to protect the health and safety of consumers and workers, and preserve our natural environment, without creating unnecessary barriers to trade and investment. They are non-binding, and are widely implemented in the UNECE member States and beyond
18 September 2013: Meeting of policy-makers responsible for the sector of equipment used in environments with an explosive atmosphere from BRICs countries and countries of Latin America.
9 June 2013: UNECE is pleased to associate itself with ILAC and IAF in celebrating World Accreditation Day on 9 June 2013. This year the focus is on the important role accreditation plays in facilitating trade around the world, both within and across national borders. To learn more, please read the Joint ILAC-IAF statement, or download the informative brochure the two organizations prepared to mark this event.
23 May 2013: The WP.6 will contribute to the Fourth Session of the Global Platform by co-organizing a Featured Event on standards and regulatory frameworks for disaster risk reduction. For more details visit http://www.preventionweb.net/globalplatform/2013/programme/featuredevents/view/490
19 March 2013: At the International conference on the "Role of Industry in the system of technical regulations", held in Moscow, the UNECE and the Eurasian Economic Commission called for increased international cooperation in technical regulations and standards. Read Press Release. The conference was organized by the RSSP-TF8 - a business platform composed of leaders of companies from the EU and Russia, with participation by authorities and standards bodies of the two regions. RSPP-TF8 has prepared specific recommendations for the approximation of the Regulatory Systems of Russia and the European Union, which were also officially presented at the Conference.
4-8 March 2013: The ISO Technical Committee 262 "Risk Management" decided to establish a Working Group to develop guidance on applying the ISO 31000 Standard "Risk Management" to legislative and regulatory activity. A representative of UNECE will actively participate in this Working Group, building on best practice developed by the UNECE GRM and contained in the recent publication Risk Management in Regulatory Systems. Additionally, another working group under TC 262 will consider the harmonisation of risk management standards. These decisions were among the most important outcomes of the meeting of the ISO TC 262 held in Toulouse last week
28 February 2013: More than fifty international risk professionals and organizations will compete for glory at Global Risk Awards Ceremony of the Institute of Risk Management in London on 28 February 2013. The UNECE Group on Risk Management on Regulatory System has the honour of having being shortlisted as one of the five candidates for the best partnership of the year in the field of risk management. Read more: http://www.irmawards.org/shortlist-unveiled-for-1st-global-risk-awards/
21 January 2013: The Secretary of the WP.6 attended a Workshop meeting on Future Programme on Approximation of Regulatory Systems in the Sphere of Technical Regulation between the Customs Union and the European Union held in Berlin, Germany. Participants at the meetings included representatives of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as the Russian and German Standards bodies, as well as of the business sector. Participants welcomed the proposal to hold a Conference on Regulatory Approximation in Geneva, from 14 to 15 November 2013.