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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 in Room VII.

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.

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Item 1: Adoption of the agenda

 

 

 

Annotated provisional agenda
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/1

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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
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2013/2

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Report of the annual planning meeting of UNECE WP.6 activities
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/10

Matters arising from meetings of the UNECE and the Committee on Trade
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/3

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

Item 5: Risk Manangement in Regulatory Systems

“Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks” publication
ECE/TRADE/390

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Progress report on the activities of the Group of Experts on Managing Risks in Regulatory Systems
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/4

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Standards and Normative Mechanisms for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/5

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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
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/11

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(b) Regional projects

(c) Sectoral projects

Progress report on the Telecom sectoral initiative
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/6

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Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/7

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Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/8

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Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment - Corrigendum
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/8/Corr.1

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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
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/9

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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

Glossary of Market Surveillance Terms (trilingual glossary)
(ECE/TRADE/389)

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(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
ECE/TRADE/C/WP.6/2014/2

Timetable - 24 November 2014

15:00 – 15:30 Opening by the WP. 6 Chair, Ms. Marion Stoldt

Keynote speech: Quality infrastructure of the Planetary boundaries by Ms. Sarah Cornell

Matters arising from recent and forthcoming international and UNECE meetings and areas of priority action for the Working Party

Presentation by the Secretariat

15:30 – 15:40 Election of additional officers

Mr Mika Vepsäläinen, Secretary, Committee on Trade

15:40 – 16:15 Matters arising from recent and forthcoming international and UNECE meetings and areas of priority action for the Working Party

16:15 - 18:00 High Level Segment on International Regulatory Cooperation

Mr Christer Arvius, Special Advisor to the WP.6 Bureau

Ms Céline Kauffmann, Senior Economist, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

Mr Per Döfnäs, Director, Technical Regulations, Ericsson: Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Telecom

Mr Dan Roley, Chair, ISO/TC127: Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery

Mr Uwe Klausmeyer, PTB, Germany: Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment

Timetable - 25 November 2014

International Conference on “Safer products and workplaces, safer communities”

10:00 - 10:10 Opening remarks by Mr Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE

Opening remarks by Mr Valery Koreshkov, Vice Chairperson of  the Working Party 6 and Minister of Technical Regulation, Eurasian Economic Commission

10:10 - 11:15 Ingredients of an effective Market Surveillance system: Panel discussion (moderated by Donald Macrae, Independent Consultant on Policy and Regulation)

Ms Vera Despotovic, Senior Adviser, Market Inspection Division, Ministry of Trade and Services, Serbia 

Presentation by Mr Borut Matkovič, Inspectorate for Transport, Energy and Spatial planning, Republic of Slovenia 

Mr Florentin Blanc, Business Inspections Reform Specialist, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group 

Mr Ivan Hendrikx, Market surveillance expert: Future of the GMSP

11:15 - 12:45 Best practice in  cooperation between Market Surveillance Authorities and Customs

Presentation of the Guidelines for import controls in the area of product safety and compliance by Ms Andreea Pantazi,  EU Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Mr Ljubčo Čingoski, Customs Administration, TFYR of Macedonia: Cooperation betweeen MSAs and Customs administration

Dr Olena Pavlenko, Ukrainian Academy of Customs ENG  RUS

Afternoon sessions:

15:00 - 15:30 Lesson learned from cooperation in regional groups

Mr Torben Rahbek, PROSAFE  

Presentation by Mr Jasmin Valjevac, Open Regional Fund for Southeast Europe, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)  

15:30 – 16:10 New challenges for market surveillance authorities 

Reducing the regulatory burden of inspections by Mr Donald Macrae, Independent Consultant on Policy and Regulation

Meeting the challenge of Electronic Commerce by Ms Andreea Pantazi,  EU Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

16:10 – 16:30 ISO/CASCO Online tool for regulatory authorities by Ms Anna Koroleva, ISO/CASCO

Practical ways of enhancing cooperation with economic operators by Mr Rakesh Vazirani, Director, Product Traceability & Environmental Information Management, TÜV 

16:30 – 18:00 Market surveillance

Presentation on the report of the MARS Group meeting in Belgrade by Ms Vera Despotovic 

Plan of action for further activities of the MARS Group by MARS Chairperson

Timetable - 26 November 2014

Standardization and regulatory practice

10:00 -11:00 Review of developments in national and regional regulatory activities 

Mr Valery Koreshkov, Vice Chairperson of  the Working Party 6 and Minister of Technical Regulation, Eurasian Economic Commission: «Development of the Technical Regulation and Maintenance System of Sanitary, Veterinary, and Phyto-Sanitary Quarantine Measures in Connection with the Adoption of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union» (RUS)

Mr Dani Etsioni, Quality Director, The Standards Institution of Israel: Accessibility of mandatory standards to everyone in Israel

Presentation by the Secretariat on the publication on Reference to Standards

11:00 – 11:50 Review of developments in standardization

Mr Sean Mac Curtain, Director, Conformity Assessment, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Mr Thomas Robertson, Project Coordinator, Affiliate Country Programme & International Liaison for Developing Countries 

Mr Miran Škerl, CEN/CENELEC  

Ms Sara Gobbi, Director of EU Affairs, ASTM International

11:50-12:30 Education on standards-related issues

Introductory words: Professor Tineke Egyedi, Delft Institute for Research on Standardization (DIRoS), The Netherlands

Launch of the UNECE curriculum on education on standards-related issues

Professor Tatiana Guseva, Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology,  Russia

12:30 - 12:45 Review of recent developments in conformity assessment and accreditation 

Proposal for Conformity assessment workshop (1. to 2. December 2015 in Geneva)

Interest survey

12:45 – 13:00 Metrology 

Recent development in metrology by Mr Willem Kool (TBC), Assistant Director International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) 

15:00 – 15:45 Risk Management in Regulatory Systems

Recent activities of the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems 

UNECE Secretariat and Ms Emmeline Skelton, Enterprise Resilience Specialist, PricewaterhouseCoopers: Role of standards in the prevention and management of disaster risks 

Lesson learned: Implementing UNECE Recommendation R and P in the field: Mongolia by Mr Donald Macrae 

Work underway in ISO on risk management by Mr Alpaslan Menevşe, Chair, Turkish Mirror Committee ISO 262 “Risk management standards” 

Mr Valery Hurevich, First Vice-Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus, Head of Delegation: Risk management in the technical regulation in the Eurasian Economic Union (ENG) (RUS)

15:45 – 16:00 Capacity building activities under the Working Party and the Committee on Trade

WP.6 Secretariat and Mr Mika Vepsäläinen, Secretary, Committee on Trade (CoT)

16:00 – 16:10 Other business

16:10 – 16:30 Adoption of the report and closing of the meeting

 

Download the List of Participants to the Session.