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About WP.6

This area 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


9 June 2015: The the British Standards Institution (BSI) has commissioned a study that shows that standards have contributed towards GBP 8.2 billion of GDP growth in UK recorded in 2013 (2014 prices).

The report of the  study provides a comprehensive examination of how standards – in their important role as diffusers of technology and promoters of efficiency in businesses – have impacted UK economic growth.

20 April 2015: The World Standards Cooperation (WSC), i.e., the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and ITU (the International Telecommunications Union) is jointly organizing a workshop on conformity assessment (CA) on 1-2 December 2015 in Geneva in conjunction with the UNECE WP.6 25th Session on 2-3 December 2015.

This workshop aims to enhance awareness about global Conformity Assessment, in line with the relevant WSC terms of reference “to promote and increase the worldwide visibility of international consensus-based standardization and related conformity assessment matters”. 

It also aims to inform on and explore important international conformity assessment issues and return practical, relevant and usable feedback which will contribute to a path forward towards the resolution and understanding of those issues. 

The final session topics will be defined based on the result of an online topic-survey which is currently ongoing. You are invited to find out more detailed information of this workshop, e.g., draft programme, suggested topics, venue and registration etc. at the workshop homepage.

18 March 2015: The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) took place in Sendai  (14-18 March), Japan, 4 years to the date of the tragic events of the Great Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns, one of the many disasters that altogether lead to annual global economic losses of over $US 300 billion. You can read more about the event in the full press release.