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Meetings and Events

Twenty-fourth Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

24 - 26 November 2014

Geneva, Switzerland

The 24th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies will take place from 24th November 2014 at 15:00 to 26 November 2014 at 18:00.

The documents and provisional agenda are available in English, and will be made available in French and Russian as they become available.

A Conference will be held as part of the session on the topic "Safer products and workplaces, safer communities" on 25 November (whole day) and additionally a High-Level Segment on "Regulatory Cooperation" on 24 November from 16:30 to 18:00 am will be organized. The Conference will discuss practical ways of addressing the growing concerns of consumers, business and authorities about the proliferation of non-compliant, dangerous and counterfeit goods and equipment on the marketplace and at the workplace. Experts will illustrate and showcase practical means to promote compliance with standards and regulations, including developing a common terminology and appropriate information systems, and conducting awareness-raising and capacity-building activities.

To attend the annual session, registration is compulsory. This year, instead of a physical registration, we are encouraging you to register online. Please go to the following web-link and create your UNECE profile, you will be requested to enter the code: 27067  If you have already participated in UNECE meetings, your profile may have some information prefilled upon creation.

Having your profile completed, you will receive a prefilled conference registration form, which you will have to print, sign and present along with a valid ID on the security gate. There is no need for you to send this form back to us.

Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny.

In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card and a copy of your registration form completed.

Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays here are common and lengthy and delegates are unfortunately required to wait in the open air.

The Pregny Gate is open from 08.00hrs to 17.00hrs from Monday to Friday, non-stop.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in/from English, French and Russian. Participation is free of charge but participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The Working Party does not have a budget for supporting the travel expenses of its delegates. To facilitate your hotel room reservation, please find attached a list of hotels in Geneva and surroundings. We advise that you make your hotel bookings as early as possible, because demand for rooms in Geneva is high at that time of the year, and prices will rise if you book very close to the date.

Document Title




Item 1: Adoption of the agenda




Annotated provisional agenda


Item 2: Election of Officiers

Item 3: Matters arising and areas of priority action for the Working Party

Report of the Working Party on its 23nd session




Report of the annual planning meeting of UNECE WP.6 activities

Matters arising from meetings of the UNECE and the Committee on Trade

Item 4: International Conference on "Safer products and workplaces, safer communities"

Item 5: Risk Manangement in Regulatory Systems

“Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks” publication

Progress report on the activities of the Group of Experts on Managing Risks in Regulatory Systems


Standards and Normative Mechanisms for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction


Item 6: High level segment on international regulatory cooperation

(a) Avoiding technical barriers to trade: best practice in mutual recognition and equivalency
Methodological Arrangements to Avoid Technical Barriers to Trade



(b) Regional projects

(c) Sectoral projects

Progress report on the Telecom sectoral initiative


Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery


Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment


Item 7: Standardization and regulatory practice

(a) Review of developments in standardization and relevant national and regional regulatory activities

(b) Education on standards-related issues

(c) Review of relevant developments in regulatory practice

Item 8: Review of recent developments in conformity assessment and accreditation

Item 9: Market surveillance

(a) Updates from regional groupings and "MARS" Group

Report of the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance on its activities and its meetings


(b) Update on the Market Surveillance Model Initiative

Market surveillance general concept and how it relates to the activities of the Working Party




Draft guide to the use of the General Market Surveillance Model




(c) Common definitions and terminology in Market Surveillance

Glossary of Market Surveillance Terms (trilingual glossary)


(d) Update on the development of the Global Market Surveillance database

Item 10: Metrology

Item 11: Capacity-building

Item 12: Other business

Item 13: Adoption of the report

Report of the Session

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